Newport students 'let down' by bus fee offer

Newport students 'let down' by bus fee offer

DISAPPOINTED: Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw pupil Hannah Howells must pay a three ten fold rise in bus fees to get to school. Pictured is Hanna at home reading the letter about the bus fare increase.

DISAPPOINTED: Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw pupil Hannah Howells must pay a 300% rise in bus fees to get to school. Pictured is Hanna at home reading the letter about the bus fare increase

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STUDENTS who face paying more than £300 a year to travel to sixth form on a bus can pay in instalments, Newport council has said, after protests outside the civic centre last week.

But one of the group said this is “too little too late” after parents raced to the council offices to pay the first chunk – only to return home to a letter from Newport council informing them of the change.

Last month a dozen Welsh-language students gathered outside Newport Civic Centre in a protest against a 300 per cent rise in bus fees.

Four of the students, who all want to go to sixth form at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw in Pontypool, had a meeting with council cabinet member for education Debbie Wilcox, after they received a letter on July 2 informing them home-to-school charges would rise from £80 last year to £347 this year.

The price includes a £150 travel grant, and is the start of Newport council plans to cut travel subsidies further over the next three years, with students paying £600 a year by 2017.

At the meeting, the students were told that officers would look into hardship grants and to expect further news “as quickly as possible”.

But with the first instalment of £115 due to be paid on Thursday, parents rushed to the civic centre to pay – only to find upon their return a letter offering them the chance to pay it over 10 months, with the first payment deferred until August 31.

One of the students who protested, Hannah Howells, 16, said the letter should have been sent at least five days previously.

“Some parents will still have to pay £70 a month as they have two children in Gwynllyw,” she said.

“The council have stuck to their ground and although it is an advantage to pay bit by bit we are still paying.

“On the day (of the protest) I thought they were going to do something, but they haven’t.

“The hardship fund wasn’t mentioned in the letter.”

A Newport council spokeswoman confirmed that parents could pay the cost over 10 months and that the first payment had been deferred.

Last month Cllr Wilcox said the council could no longer continue to subsidise the school transport service by £91,000 a year.

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3:02pm Mon 4 Aug 14

-trigg- says...

Rather than complain about the cost rising, these people should be enjoying the fact that they have managed to get through many years without the costs rising as they should.

If they genuinely can't afford the new cost, then they will need to look at relocating to a nearer school.
Rather than complain about the cost rising, these people should be enjoying the fact that they have managed to get through many years without the costs rising as they should. If they genuinely can't afford the new cost, then they will need to look at relocating to a nearer school. -trigg-
  • Score: 1

3:10pm Mon 4 Aug 14

warneboy says...

Free travel for all students. They are our future. Funded by pensioners being charges 30p a ride up until 9PM, thereafter charge them full adult fare in the same way that applies to children
Free travel for all students. They are our future. Funded by pensioners being charges 30p a ride up until 9PM, thereafter charge them full adult fare in the same way that applies to children warneboy
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4:24pm Mon 4 Aug 14

caitlinborley says...

People shouldn't be complaining about bus costs I have a sister whose pass is almost 600 a year. And I myself will be forking out a total of 600 a year for college and work.
People shouldn't be complaining about bus costs I have a sister whose pass is almost 600 a year. And I myself will be forking out a total of 600 a year for college and work. caitlinborley
  • Score: 6

4:30pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Musing Militant says...

Trigg.....yes it would be great if these young people could relocate to a nearer school. Unfortunately the nearest Welsh School which they are entitled to attend is probably Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw. It is their right to be educated in Welsh...IN WALES.
Generally speaking if Newport council had got off its backside and had actually built a Welsh comprehensive by now then all the up coming pupils living in the area could have / could go there if they want a Welsh medium education.
I have no personal interest btw. I have no children but I am single , work full time and pay FULL TAXES. I do not speak Welsh But at the very least I'd like to think my taxes are helping to educate the next batch of Welsh people who are willing to embrace the language rather than be a whining mingy waster like some from around here.
Trigg.....yes it would be great if these young people could relocate to a nearer school. Unfortunately the nearest Welsh School which they are entitled to attend is probably Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw. It is their right to be educated in Welsh...IN WALES. Generally speaking if Newport council had got off its backside and had actually built a Welsh comprehensive by now then all the up coming pupils living in the area could have / could go there if they want a Welsh medium education. I have no personal interest btw. I have no children but I am single , work full time and pay FULL TAXES. I do not speak Welsh But at the very least I'd like to think my taxes are helping to educate the next batch of Welsh people who are willing to embrace the language rather than be a whining mingy waster like some from around here. Musing Militant
  • Score: -1

8:21am Tue 5 Aug 14

Sometimes says...

Get a bike like I did.
Get a bike like I did. Sometimes
  • Score: -2

11:40am Tue 5 Aug 14

welshmen says...

The red rosetters don't like helping anyone bar them selves, Labour bums, no help for our kids, the kids didn't build the school that they do have to travel to, Council would rather twin up with a foreign Country and spend thousands on jolly boys for the councillors that help these school children, if it was for foreigners to attending they would have taxies laid on never mind buses....
The red rosetters don't like helping anyone bar them selves, Labour bums, no help for our kids, the kids didn't build the school that they do have to travel to, Council would rather twin up with a foreign Country and spend thousands on jolly boys for the councillors that help these school children, if it was for foreigners to attending they would have taxies laid on never mind buses.... welshmen
  • Score: 2

2:06pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Musing Militant wrote:
Trigg.....yes it would be great if these young people could relocate to a nearer school. Unfortunately the nearest Welsh School which they are entitled to attend is probably Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw. It is their right to be educated in Welsh...IN WALES.
Generally speaking if Newport council had got off its backside and had actually built a Welsh comprehensive by now then all the up coming pupils living in the area could have / could go there if they want a Welsh medium education.
I have no personal interest btw. I have no children but I am single , work full time and pay FULL TAXES. I do not speak Welsh But at the very least I'd like to think my taxes are helping to educate the next batch of Welsh people who are willing to embrace the language rather than be a whining mingy waster like some from around here.
If there was any use for the Welsh language in modern times I would be inclined to agree, but as there is not I cannot.

Perhaps if WAG stopped doubling the cost of all road signs by insisting they have the welsh translation there would be more money to go around.
[quote][p][bold]Musing Militant[/bold] wrote: Trigg.....yes it would be great if these young people could relocate to a nearer school. Unfortunately the nearest Welsh School which they are entitled to attend is probably Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw. It is their right to be educated in Welsh...IN WALES. Generally speaking if Newport council had got off its backside and had actually built a Welsh comprehensive by now then all the up coming pupils living in the area could have / could go there if they want a Welsh medium education. I have no personal interest btw. I have no children but I am single , work full time and pay FULL TAXES. I do not speak Welsh But at the very least I'd like to think my taxes are helping to educate the next batch of Welsh people who are willing to embrace the language rather than be a whining mingy waster like some from around here.[/p][/quote]If there was any use for the Welsh language in modern times I would be inclined to agree, but as there is not I cannot. Perhaps if WAG stopped doubling the cost of all road signs by insisting they have the welsh translation there would be more money to go around. Good Job No Kids
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