Sheffield Heeley MP launches petition for free travel for Young Carers

Louise Haigh, Sheffield Heeley MP has launched a petition, in partnership with Sheffield Young Carers to give them access to free travel across the city.

In Sheffield, young carers are those under the age of 25 that provide full or part-time care for family members who have long-term physical illness, a disability, mental health issue or alcohol misuse issues.

The petition calls for young carers to be given a free bus pass to help them undertake their care responsibilities easier without financial constraints.

Some councils across the country already work with transport authorities to give young carers a free travel pass.

Haigh said: “Young carers give up so much to help others, often from a very young age, and it’s only right they’re provided with some support in their own lives too.

“Many of the families we support at Shefifeld Young Carers simply can’t afford public transport, and yet it is relied on by many people. For example, when accompanying the person they care for to a medical appointment.”

The initiative hopes to give young carers some freedom back, helping them to carry on with their education or employment, and also helping them to have an active social life – something which many Young Carers miss out on.

You can sign the petition here.

 

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