Committee’s fears on impact of cost on access to education

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Anne-Marie Trevelyan

A recently-published report by an influential committee of MPs raised concerns about transport costs for post-16 students.

The Public Accounts Committee was looking at how the Government can best use its resources to prevent young people falling out of education, training or employment.

Chairman of the committee, Labour MP Margaret Hodge said: “We are also concerned that many local authorities do not help 16- to 18-year-olds with the costs of travelling to school or college, which can lead to some young people being disadvantaged.

“In 63 local authorities where transport costs are relatively high, young people do not get help with these costs, creating a postcode lottery.”

The recommendation is for an examination of the impact of variation in local authority transport policies to review whether and how to intervene where this is a significant barrier to participation.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Berwick, has now written to Margaret Hodge, saying that she wholeheartedly agrees with her comments and the report’s findings .

She has asked that she contacts Grant Davey, the leader of the county council, to add her voice to calls to reverse the controversial decision to scrap funding for post-16 travel.