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New pledges from Jeremy Corbyn for Under 25 travel

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THE NEXT Labour Government will give under twenty fives in England free bus travel, according to Jeremy Corbyn.

The Labour leader said: “This could help up to 13 million under-25’s save as much as 1,000.”

Today, the estimated £1.4 billion per year policy has been announced at his visit to a sixth form education centre in Derby.

The policy will be introduced to areas where local authorities have bus franchising or services under public ownership, said the Labour leader.

According to the party, government funding would be provided to councils using money reserved from vehicle excise duty.

In his speech, Corbyn said young people “tend to be in lower paid, more insecure work and they spend a higher proportion of their income on travel.”

“Giving them free bus travel will make a huge difference to their lives.”

Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani MP said: “This is yet another promise from Labour that they have no real ability to deliver.” Labour admit themselves this could cost up to £13 billlion, meaning extra borrowing with working people paying the price.”

Figures from the Department for Transport show that bus fares in England have risen by 2.9% on average every year between 2012 and 2017.

The initiative is said to be a bid to win over youth voters in the next election that will be on Thursday 3 May.

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