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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 AvatarChristopher Haigh 1st Jul - 9:18pm
    Peter, any idea why rural areas so overwhelmingly seem to support Tory MP's at the moment ?
  • User AvatarSpencer Hagard 1st Jul - 9:03pm
    David - I agree. And the sooner the better!
  • User AvatarNom de Plume 1st Jul - 8:42pm
    petermartin2001 The problem is the euro. The federalists have a lot to answer for. They have turned Europe into a powder keg, again.
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 1st Jul - 8:38pm
    The increase in racism has been horrific and I personally know a European who received abuse before the vote and is now afraid it will...
  • User AvatarPaul Pettinger 1st Jul - 8:24pm
    Strongly agree. The last thing we should be doing is help further mainstream xenophobia, but challenging it, the scapegoating of migrants, the lack of investment...
  • User AvatarSteve Comer 1st Jul - 7:31pm
    Good move by Tim to visit the centre with Caroline. I`m also pleased to see him openly attacking Farage over the posters as Guy Verhofstadt...