13 February 2019 – (the rest of) today’s press releases

Welsh Lib Dems welcome enhancement of MyTravelPass young persons’ discount scheme

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the announcement from the Welsh Government that the MyTravelPass young persons’ bus discount scheme is to be enhanced.

The initial pilot scheme was secured by Welsh Liberal Democrats in opposition during the last Assembly.

The scheme, which has evolved and improved since its pilot in 2015, now offers a third off the fares for all journeys taken by young people aged between 16 and 21 – right up until their 22nd birthday.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds commented:

It’s encouraging to see the MyTravelPass scheme continue to be improved. This will make it cheaper and easier for young people to use the bus to get to school, college, university or work.

Our young people have enough stresses and financial pressures to face without having to worry about how they’ll get where they need to be. This step will make their lives just that little bit easier.

But this scheme isn’t just helping young people. By encouraging more young people to use public transport, this scheme is reducing congestion, improving air quality and helping combat climate change. This benefits every member of our society.

We’re proud to have secured the initial pilot for this scheme whilst in opposition in the last Assembly. This latest enhancement shows the benefits the scheme has created in just a few short years.

Govt falls to heavy Lords defeat

Responding to tonight’s Government defeat in the House of Lords by 86 votes, Liberal Democrat Leader in the Lords Dick Newby said:

The defeat of the Government this evening undoubtedly demonstrates the House of Lords has no faith in their ability to deliver on any of its promises. Their recklessness as they gamble with crashing out in bid to scare MPs into voting for Theresa May’s deal is a dereliction of duty.

Ministers’ assurances that we can get all the Brexit related legislation through Parliament by 29 March are insulting.To pretend that the Lords can pass bills on trade, healthcare, agriculture, fisheries, immigration and the supposedly amended Prime Minister’s deal as well as the 600 strong mountain of Statutory Instruments is nothing short of ridiculous.

Peers across the House are aware of this but simply all those voting with the Government represent a willingness to put party and personal interest before that of the country.

The Liberal Democrats are clear, that as the effects of Brexit become more apparent, the only way forward is for Theresa May to take no deal off the table and offer the people a final say, with the option of remaining in the EU.

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2 Comments

  • nigel hunter 14th Feb '19 - 10:45am

    To the Tories the party is everything the country 2nd. that includ es May who will bend over backwards to keep her party together whilst knowing that a bad Brexit will hit the party. The result is that she is desperate that her deal goes thru.

  • Peter Hirst 15th Feb '19 - 6:23pm

    Is there a case for all local bus transport to be free? It would increase uptake and make many routes viable in terms of usage. Some sort of estimate would need to be made as to how many private vehicles it would take off the roads.

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