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Under-fire school Freedom Pass changes backed by Kent county councillors despite protests

By Paul Francis

Controversial changes to the Kent Freedom Pass that will mean parents paying double what they used to have today been backed by county councillors.

Kent County Council faced a backlash after it first suggested there should be a cap on the bus pass, with parents expected to pay for travel once a £300 limit had been reached.

KCC then came up with an alternative scheme in the face of protests across the county.

Kent County Council backtracked on plans for a cap on Freedom Pass journeys

Kent County Council backtracked on plans for a cap on Freedom Pass journeys

From September, there will be a new scheme, called a Young Person's Travel Pass, which will cost £200 and be limited to use between Monday to Friday.

At a meeting of the county council's transport cabinet committee, opposition parties unsuccessfully called for a rethink.

They claimed more information was needed about the impact of the changes to both that scheme and a related pass for students over the age of 16, which is to cost £400.

But the proposal was rejected by the Conservative majority, who said any further delay would make it impossible to introduce the new scheme from September.

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