4 May 2011: If you are a young person and you want to talk about why buses are important to you or what you want bus services to be like in the future, now is the chance to get your voice heard.
Buses matter to young people. We all know that. Buses are a life line for anyone who is too young to get a driving licence or who can’t afford a car or who wants to reduce their carbon footprint. But many free bus pass schemes for young people are under threat and hundreds of bus services are being cut across the country. For some places this means no evening or weekend bus services at all.
Right now the government is asking the public for their views on the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) replacement. The loss of EMA combined with increasing fares and cuts to buses could result in some young people being cut off from opportunities in education and training. We think that now is a crucial time for young people to have their voices heard, which is why we are launching a video competition.
This competition is being promoted with the help of a range of young people’s organisations, including the British Youth Council, UK Youth Parliament, The National Children’s Bureau, the NUS and the UK Youth Climate Coalition.
If you submit your video before May 11th you will be automatically entered into our competition. The prize is that your video clip will feature in a professionally made campaign video that we are producing to help us lobby decision makers. If your footage is used you will receive a ‘DON’T MAKE ME MISS THE BUS’ T-shirt.
We hope that this project will help to give the views of young people some volume!