Conservatives at Suffolk County Council seem to have admitted they were wrong to axe the eXplore student discount card two years ago. Young people have been badly affected by the loss of this discount card, as transport costs to training and education have hit them hard.
My Lib Dem colleague Councillor Caroline Page has campaigned tirelessly to get it reinstated and has really listened to young people. She says
“We all told the Conservatives that scrapping the eXplore card would – and did – cause huge problems to those who wanted to get an education and a job. But the Cabinet member for Roads and Transport memorably replied, “you can’t spend a pound more than once.” In such circumstances, the wise idea is to choose carefully what you do spend your pounds on in the first place. This was the same Cabinet that agreed the expenditure of really quite a lot of pounds on Suffolk Circle.” (Note: around £700,000 was spent on the Suffolk Circle project, which largely duplicates work already being done by charities in Suffolk.)
Caroline added: “Why has it taken so long for the Conservatives to implement this decision? Why didn’t they just review the eXplore card rather than cutting it completely and leaving many young people struggling to get to college and employment? Why has this happened now, when this is an issue that should have been extremely important throughout the years, and not just pre-election?”
See her blog here