School transport in the spotlight

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THE LAST month has been really productive week as I embark on my campaigns in Hastings and St Leonards on issues affecting my young constituents.

The East Sussex Youth Cabinet has concluded that their main priority campaigns this year will be bullying and transport.

In response to this unanimous decision I will be attending a meeting with nine other elected representatives across the country at the Department for Education with Tim Loughton MP (Minister for Children and Families) on improving school transport as the Member of Youth Parliament.

School transport is becoming a huge issue where young people (especially in rural areas) are having their colleges decided on the basis of the lack of public transport.

I will be expressing the frequently raised issue by my constituents on accessibility of transport.

I also will be making it clear to the minister that affordability is becoming a huge issue.

I will have to pay more than £2,000 for public transport to college next year.

These government austerity cuts are targeting young people from lower and middle income families by cutting EMA and allowing train companies to thoughtlessly raise prices without a direct increase in accessibility.

It is vital that we keep costs down to allow a sustainable future for youth employment and accessibility for education.

I will be working closely on the bullying campaign as well where the East Sussex Youth Cabinet will attend the East Sussex County Council anti-bullying conference proposing schemes to tackle bullying in a more productive approach.

We will be focusing on mentoring both bullies and victims as it has become apparent that sanctions alone are not working.

I will be visiting most of the schools and colleges over the next three months and hope to meet and speak to as many young people as possible.