bus passes to young people, not wealthy OAPs' calls Tessa Munt
MP would like to see free bus passes being given to young people
instead of wealthy pensioners, she said on the BBC's Question
Time on Thursday (February 26th).
as a panelist on the BBC1 programme, Tessa Munt explained: "It's
pretty simple because if you earn enough to be on a higher rate
of tax then you don't really need those benefits," she said.
"We have already done it with child benefits."
think we should help young people up to the age of 19 - they should
certainly have a bus pass now that school is compulsory up to
the age of 18."
an area like mine where there is very little public transport,
and you end up paying £600 for a bus pass, if you have two
or three children and they have to go to college or sixth form
school, then it's catastrophically expensive. It's a disincentive
for young people going into further and higher education."
idea brought mixed reactions from the studio audience and viewers
on social media, with several pointing out that the Lib Dems'
track record in hiking up tuition fees for youngsters.
During the show, Tessa also responded to a separate question
about second jobs for MPs, saying that her research reveals 281
MPs has second jobs with declared earnings of over £7.4million
for 26,600 hours in the last year.
is disgraceful - absolutely unacceptable," she said. "There
is no other place in this country where you can rock up after
your electorate chooses you and then say I'm sorry, I'm only going
to do it three days a week - that is just pants! It is completely
in the show, she responded to a question about whose fault it
is that the UK's net migration has risen and targets missed. She
said: "This was a silly promise to have been made [by the
government] and that's why it didn't go into the coalition agreement
because it could not possibly be kept."
she added: "A lot of immigrants bring an enormous amount
of wealth, and they invest in this country by creating jobs and
creating businesses. I don't think that's a bad thing. I think
we should have immigration. We've always had immigration. We're
a complete mix of all different races."