The Youth Select Committee has published the Government's response to their first enquiry on 'safe, affordable and accessible transport for young people'. The committee mirrors the UK Parliament's select committee structure and gives young people the opportunity to scrutinise and hold enquiries into topics of importance to them.

The Youth Select Committee, launched in April 2012 by the British Youth Council with support from the House of Commons, is adapted from the UK Parliament Select Committee structure to give young people the opportunity to scrutinise and hold enquiries into topics of importance to them. The Committee found the cost of fares to be a 'key issue' for young people using public transport, with these costs often increased as a result of young people being asked to pay full 'adult' fares at different ages depending on where they live.

19-year-old Chair of the Youth Select Committee and Vice Chair of the British Youth Council, Dara Farrell, said:

"I'd like to thank the government for responding to our report but we are disappointed that, whilst agreeing in principle to many of our recommendations and issues we raised, they have decided not to take direct action and have only committed to ensuring that LAs will be reminded of their responsibilities regarding transport and young people."

Dara continued to say:

 "Our recommendation clearly stated that no young person under the age of 18 should pay an adult fare. Therefore, the majority of the committee is disappointed that even after Minister Norman Baker highlighted this issue at the Northern Bus Summit in Manchester in November 2012 saying: 'Why is it that in some places there are no concessions at all? And how can it be that in one area a 16-year-old might get free bus travel while, in another, a 14-year-old pays full adult fare?' the Government has made the decision to take no action to tackle this inequality."

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About the Committee

The Youth Select Committee, launched in April 2012 by the British Youth Council with support from the House of Commons, is adapted from the UK Parliament Select Committee structure to give young people the opportunity to scrutinise and hold enquiries into topics of importance to them.

The Committee is made up of 11 young people aged 18 and under, and includes both elected and reserved seats to ensure a broad representation of interests from all parts of the UK.

About this inquiry

The Youth Select Committee's first inquiry took place in July 2012 and looked at Transport and Young People, as identified as a priority by members of the British Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament in 2011.

The terms of reference for this inquiry were: 'to inquire into issues and concerns around safe, affordable and accessible transport for young people and make recommendations to decision makers to address them'.