Save Leyton Kids’ Free Travel! Fight the Tory Cuts!

The BRATTS storm parliament

Juat another reminder that on Wednesday 14th February between 9am and 10am, the South Eastern Regional Trades Union Congress (SERTUC), will be holding a lobby outside the London Assembly’s annual budget setting meeting at London’s City Hall, 2 the Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA.

SERTUC has called for this action, in order to defend the Mayor of London’s funding for free bus travel for London’s under-18s, which is under serious attack from the London Assembly Tories.

At a pre-budget meeting on 30th January, the London Assembly Conservatives moved to abolish free bus and tram travel for all under-18s in full time education!

The Tories’ proposal is an absolutely disgraceful proposal, which would seriously disadvantage the many low income families living in Leyton ward.

Those of you who have been visiting this site for a while, will remember how last April I was able to take a group of mums and kids from the Beaumont Estate (the fifth most deprived estate in Britain) to Parliament, for a day out, during the Easter holidays.

Those families simply would not have been able to move around the great city of London – to enjoy the sights and landmarks that more affluent familites take for granted – without free bus and tube travel for their little ones.

The Mayor of London’s free kids’ travel scheme currently saves low income families living in London over £350 a year.

This may not seem a lot to the likes of the London Assembly Tories but in Leyton ward, where we have the highest unemployment rate in Waltham Forest, the highest number of school children receiving free school meals and the highest rate of infant mortality in the borough – linked to poverty, a saving of £350 is a lifeline.

Please show your support for SERTUC’s lobby by visiting the SERTUC website here.

You can also contact Assistant SERTUC Regional Secretary, Matt Dykes, on telephone number: 020 7467 1386 or email mdykes@tuc.org.uk to find out more about how you can help SERTUC’s campaign.

I also look forward to seeing any of you that can make it, at the London City Hall lobby on the February the 14th.

Save Leyton Kids’ Free Travel! Fight the Tory Cuts!

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