Issue details

Kent Freedom Pass including Post 16 Transport

Redraft received: Proposed decision 13/00095/2 as set out below:


To seek approval to replace the existing Freedom Pass with a new scheme called the Young Persons Bus Pass. 


The new scheme is still subject to finalisation with bus companies and schools, and is aimed primarily at assisting with travel costs to school by providing unlimited travel on buses from 6am until 7pm Monday to Friday throughout the academic year i.e. from 1st September to 31st July, but could not be used in August. 


The proposed cost of the new pass is £200 with a reduced fee of £100 for parents of children eligible for a free school meals and would continue to be free for Looked After Children and registered young carers.


This scheme is to be subject to an Equality Impact Assessment and consultation.


Should it be adopted, the new scheme will become effective from 1st September 2014.




Following comments raised by members of the public and KCC Members, proposed decision 13/00095 has been withdrawn and a redrafted scheme will be put forward under issue number 13/00095/2 in the near future.


The new scheme will be subject to consultation and will be published on the FED for 28 days before it is taken.




Proposed decision 13/00095 - To seek approval for the introduction of a stored value smartcard providing £350 value for 11-16 year olds and £250 for 16-19 year olds at an unchanged purchase cost of £100. This will be reviewed after 6 months of introduction.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/12/2013

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: John Burr, Managing Director of Commercial Services Tel: 01622 694192 Tel:01622 221081 Email: Tel: 01622 694192, David Hall, Future Highways Manager Email: Tel: 01622 221081.


New Consultation arrangements for proposed decision 13/00095/2


A four week public consultation will be conducted


The views of elected members will be sought via the proposed decision publication


An EQA will also be conducted




The Environment, Highways & Waste Cabinet Committee discussed the use of Smartcard technology in October 2013 and the proposed changes to the scheme at its meeting in December 2013 meeting.

No statutory obligation to consult more widely exists as the scheme is discretionary.

Financial implications: Lead Officer: Paul Lawry – Head of Public Transport 01622 696117 David Hall – Deputy Director of Highways and Transportation Lead Director: John Burr – Director of Highways and Transportation

Legal implications: 13/00095

Equalities implications: Affects more than 2 electoral divisions


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