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Labour in RCT have no more concern for young people than the Tories

July 18, 2015 11:06 PM

There has been much discussion about how the Westminster Conservative Government's recent budget penalised young people unfairly.

However, they are not the only ones adding to the burden of teenagers in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

The Labour-dominated council have been "consulting" on home to school transport changes - I use the word cautiously because their consultations have inevitably proved to be little more than a tick box exercise.

They plan to cut back to the statutory minimum for provision of free transport - more than two miles from a primary school, three miles from a secondary school.

However, those over 16 will have to pay regardless of how far away they live.

This will have particular repercussions for the students affected if the proposed plans to reorganise Rhondda and Tonyrefail schools go ahead.

Under the proposals, sixth-forms will be removed from Porth, Tonypandy and Ferndale and students will have to travel to Treorchy or Tonyrefail if they wish to continue their education in a school environment.

The proposal will make it financially impossible for some to stay on at school and study A-levels.

When this was raised during the consultation and at the Cabinet meeting the response was that they could use their education maintenance allowance to fund it.

This will of course place those living close to the two chosen sixth-form centres at an advantage. What too of those who do not receive an allowance as their parents' income may be just above the limit?

So much for education being a priority for RCT Labour council

Karen Roberts