Councillors facing decisions about cutting transport subsidies for young people have been presented with a petition of opposition signed by more than 1,300 people.

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Students handed over the petition at a meeting of Norfolk County Council’s cabinet today, warning that many of their peers would be unable to keep going to college without the discounted bus fares available to students.

The passes for 16 to 19-year-olds could rise from £468 a year to beween £800 and 850, with low income families seeing a rise from £351 to £600-£638, as the authority seeks to save £189m over three years.

Council leader George Nobbs said all options had to be examined during the consultation, but commended the students for their efforts and added that there was “considerable sympathy” for their cause. The public consultation on the cuts – Putting People First – ends on December 12.

3 comments

  • I thought the last lot where bad but Knobbs and co beat them hands down. They really have no idea what is going on in the real world, they are all out of there depth.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • So why cut the subsidies given to those who travel for a purpose yet leave it in place for pensioners who simply use it because they can? Note, subsidised not free, a difference many OPS do not understand.

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    KeithS

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Young people have already been disproportionally hit by austerity policies such as the loss of EMA .More cuts just means more misery and loss of hope.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, December 2, 2013

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