MP raises public transport concerns with Prime Minister
MP met the Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday (January 16th)
to raise awareness of some of the challenges faced by residents
in the area - including public transport.
Munt met with David Cameron in Number 10 Downing Street, as pictured,
where she asked him to consider what the government might do to
address concerns in Somerset.
particular focus was on poor rural public transport, which Tessa
said is crucial for both young and old in providing a lifeline
for those without the use of a car to reach centres with shops,
libraries, pubs, post offices, leisure centres and other support
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The lack of affordable public transport
in the countryside could ultimately threaten the ability of villages
and our smaller towns to survive, and therefore cannot be ignored."
always thought that as well as taxpayers funding our senior citizens'
bus passes, we should do the same for those who are 18 and younger.
That seems only fair - particularly as from 2013 and 2015, young
people will have to stay in education or educational training."
in David Cameron's office, I asked the Prime Minister to remember
that the priority of the members of the Youth Parliament for 2012
was affordable and accessible public transport - which they debated
and voted upon in our Chamber in the House of Commons in October
other concerns raised included the high cost of housing and the
lack of affordable homes, the difficulties in getting full-time,
longer-term employment rather than part-time and seasonal jobs,
and the problems of getting a choice in healthcare and education.
She also quizzed him on the "unfair formula for funding rural
local authorities" whereby rural residents pay Council Tax
which is on average £100 more than those living in cities,
but often have to travel many miles to access the very services
for which they pay through their taxes.
said: ''The Prime Minister is aware of the inequity of funding
formulae and seemed open to the possibility of reviewing this
to reflect the sparsity, hidden deprivation and extra expense
that comes from living in rural areas. I look forward to seeing
what is proposed to make the system fairer for those of us who
live in the countryside."