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A Minister for Youth Affairs is needed to stop young people being driven out of rural life

Jane Dodds BridgeIn our part of the world, rural Powys, driving is often the only practical way to get around, especially for young people. The proposals this week to improve young driver safety could have a severe impact on the job prospects and lifestyles of young people in rural areas like ours.

Montgomeryshire in mid-Wales is the least densely populated county in England and Wales; 59.3% of us live in isolated, rural hamlets and isolated dwellings. Getting access to health, education, housing and jobs is a challenge for anyone living in a rural community like this. Add on to that the challenge of being a young person and the barriers mount up.

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Opinion: the importance of the rural bus

I recently visited Ivy in Ashmore Green. A woman in her eighties, Ivy is still bright and lively. When I met her, she had recently given up driving and was still reeling from discovering that her local bus service, the 76, that connects Ashmore Green to the rest of the world, runs once a week.

Now, all credit to Jacs Minicoaches for running this service, but a bus that runs just once a week is not something around which you can build a life. A thriving community depends on more than just driving-age adults.

  • How are youngsters supposed to get to school

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LibLink…Tavish Scott: Community councils empower the people

One of the big themes in Scottish politics in recent years has been the Labour and SNP impulse to centralise anything that stands still for long enough. The SNP Government, against all good advice and much opinion, recently merged Scotland’s 8 police forces into one.

In contrast, the Liberal Democrats under Willie Rennie’s leadership have been emphasising giving power to local communities. Tavish Scott, MSP for Shetland writes in the Scotsman about how giving more power to community councils could help deliver the sorts of services communities need, including schools.He cites the example of a plan to close a secondary school …

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  • User AvatarJennie 7th Oct - 10:59am
    Mark Reckons started that idea, not Mark Pack.
  • User AvatarPsi 7th Oct - 10:56am
    Stuart “The point is that Simon was not making any claim on the basis of information” He quoted the report: “Energy subsidies: £3.8bn … the...
  • User AvatarRuth Bright 7th Oct - 10:38am
    Peter - why not use your full name when making comments as I do? Also why "amusing". I said it was a nasty speech. I...
  • User AvatarJennie Kermode 7th Oct - 10:30am
    As chair of a leading charity working in this sector, I have bee impressed by the Lib Dems' action on this. I think the problem...
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    Absolutely disgusting and "red meat for the blue rinses" in the most opportunistic, baying mob-pleasing fashion which can be imagined. I had some respect for...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 7th Oct - 10:14am
    @ Simon Foster, I don't want to de-rail this thread, but it seems to me that positive and negative freedoms are in direct opposition to...