Read moreYoung people not in work or education could be in line for free bus travel after leading bus operators pledged to back a plan aimed at helping the under-25s back to work.
The scheme, already backed by the big five transport firms who run 70% of the UK bus services, would offer limited free or heavily discounted travel to Britain’s 1 million-plus Neets – young people not in education, employment or training.
The details are yet to be agreed nationwide but should enable the record numbers of young unemployed to benefit from some kind of assistance by mid-autumn – likely a voucher scheme, albeit still far less generous than the passes enjoyed by over-60s.
The proposals come from Greener Journeys – a campaign funded by Arriva, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead and Stagecoach. National Express has also agreed to back the scheme. The costs would be paid from the bus operators’ existing revenues and grants rather than new funding, although government help will be needed to design effective identification of eligible passengers.
There seems to have been a move in recent years from experienced politicians to young and inexperienced ones leading the Uk’s political parties, and we’re not sure it has been a good move. Look at the party leaders we have now, Cameron, Clegg and Milliband, hardly a grey hair in sight – the country has gone more for people who may present themselves better on TV rather than those who will provide sound leadership. It isn’t of course the state of their hair that concerns us, it is the lack of experience displayed in making important decisions – note the number of important decisions that the coalition government has made recently and then realised it was folly and reversed them.
In December 2010 Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England told the US ambassador to London, Louis Susman, that he was worried about the Conservative leadership’s “lack of experience”. and how right he appears to have been. And it is highly likely that he would have made similar comments if the person at the helm was Ed Milliband or Nick Clegg. (Nick Clegg certainly came over well in the last election TV debates, but has he made a sound decision since ?).
It wasn’t long ago that PM Cameron admitted that he was learning as he went along in the job, but surely what we need is to elect people who have the experience and ability to get things right, and in this respect, noting how many more people are continuing to work after reaching pensionable age, lets have some experienced people of pensionable age leading the UK’s political parties.
So who would we like to see bring experience to the leadership their parties, Ken Clarke?, Harriet Harman? – your comments and suggestions are invited.
In the last ten years the number of over 65s in employment has doubled to nearly 900,000. If this habit continues to spread we can look forward to more efficient service in shops, offices and restaurants.
Maybe it is because I am getting on a bit myself these days that I am so irascible, but I am fed up of having to repeat everything twice because waiters, salespeople and call centres haven’t the foggiest idea what I am saying, either because they’ve got something else on their young minds or because they don’t speak English.
Elderly workers have the benefit of experience behind them but also a good attitude and level of professionalism often lacked by young and foreign workers
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A sixth form school girl will now be able to drive her fellow pupils to school after passing her PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) licence last Friday. Jodie Wood from Cumbria is now a fully fledged bus driver at just 18 years of age, however the school girl may have had a distinct advantage as driving is in her blood being the third generation of her family to become a qualified bus driver.
18-year-old Jodie is now qualified to drive a vehicle up to 12 ton in weight and with a maximum number of 70 seats, so perfect if she’s planning a day out with all her friends!
The teenager has been working to pass all stages of the bus driving test, including the Driver Certificate Professional Competence and the PCV since turning 18 last year. Jodie was encouraged to try for her bus licence after passing her standard car driving test with an almost perfect score, only clocking up one minor in her whole test.
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RAIL managers were last night urged to give young people a break, as pensioners and senior workers began to enjoy their latest cut-price travel offer.
From last week until December 14, anyone aged 55 or over can travel for just £18 return between any stations on the Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) network. The £18 fare is discounted for holders of senior railcards.
Critics claim the starting age of 55 makes the bargain fares available to people who may have considerable disposable income, for example if they are on senior salary grades and no longer have mortgages and dependent children.
By comparison, many young adults are struggling to find jobs and afford a home, while owning and driving car is prohibitively expensive.
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Students at Lillyhall’s Lakes College could lose their free annual bus pass and face charges of £350 for a new one if Cumbria County Council pulls the plug on transport funding.
Students held crisis talks about the proposals last Thursday at the Hallwood Road campus.
The changes could come about as soon as September if the council goes ahead with the plans.
It could see all new applicants for annual bus passes stopped with a service provided until July 2012 for those already receiving support, or a charge of around £350 for a pass.
The child has been treated in hospital after being given alcohol regularly for six months.
The unnamed youngster, from the West Midlands, was one of 13 children who were diagnosed alcoholic by the Heart of England NHS Trust between 2008 and 2010.
In the same period, 106 teenagers aged 13 to 16 were also treated for their addiction to alcohol.
Nicolay Sorensen, a spokesman for Alcohol Concern, said: “To be diagnosed alcoholic, it’s possible this child would have shown a physical dependency. They would have had to ingest enough to cause withdrawal symptoms.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton are considering asking guests to donate to charity instead of giving them wedding presents.
The couple, who will marry at Westminster Abbey on April 29, are mulling over the potential benefits for the range of good causes they champion if they make such a decision.
The pair announced their engagement in November, nine years after meeting as students at St Andrews University in Scotland.
But with all the cost-cutting brought on by the financial crisis, the pair are said to be keen to avoid shows of ostentatiousness.
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Single women looking for love on Valentine’s Day should turn to birdwatching to find out who they will marry, according to the ancient art of ornithomancy.
The practice of reading signs from birds, which dates back to Greek and Roman times, dictates that the first bird an unmarried woman sees on Valentine’s Day is an omen of her future husband’s character.
Women looking for romance should avoid woodland walks this Sunday, because spotting a woodpecker means no marriage is in the offing. But they may want to take a stroll along the river, as catching sight of a Kingfisher foretells a future husband who has inherited a large sum of money.
Read more in The Telegraph