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Free travel for children and young people in London

EDM (Early Day Motion) 755: tabled on 20 July 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 26 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

This House notes that as part of the emergency funding deal for Transport for London the Government has insisted on the suspension of free travel for under 18 year olds in London, despite children and young people being able to travel around the capital for free, or at a discounted rate since 2005; expresses concern about the effect of this policy on low income households in a city where 37 per cent of all children are living in poverty; recognises that the decision will reverse the significant benefits of the policy which academic research has shown to include greater social inclusion, reduced car use, and reduced road casualties; recognises the acute need for investment in young people to compensate for the pause in education during the covid-19 outbreak; further recognises the significant opposition to the policy by London’s young people including a petition by Joshua Brown-Smith with has already gathered over 185,000 signatures, along with the opposition by Child Poverty Action Group in their #DontZapTheZip campaign; and calls on the Government to drop its harmful plans for suspending free and discounted travel for children and young people in London.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.