The following motion was moved by John Bligh and carried by members at a General meeting of the CLP on 18th August 2017.
Conference notes that concessionary travel schemes vary across the United Kingdom.
Most major cities and conurbations now offer free or reduced rate travel on buses, trams, tube and rail services. However, many parts of the country do not benefit from these concessions, and this is particularly true in rural areas.
Conference believes that it is unfair that pensioners and young people in these areas are discriminated against and therefore calls upon a future Labour Government to introduce a national travel concession scheme so that all citizens benefit from access to public transport on the same basis.
Conference recognises that such a scheme will result in more journeys using public transport, will result in fewer car journeys being made and will reduce the isolation experienced by many rural pensioners.
There were 5 motions debated and carried by members at the 18th Auguist 2017 general meeting. As our CLP can only submit one for debate at annual conference members present at the meeting were ballotted to chose one motion from the five agreed. The outcome of that ballot was that the Brexit motion, not this one was chosen by members to go forward to 2017 Annual Conference.