Everyone Aboard: A campaign to extend free bus travel
About the campaign
In May 2021, Scotland will be electing a new Scottish Parliament, and a new Scottish Government. This means we have a chance to build the just Scotland we all want to live in.
Those whose finances have suffered most during the pandemic – people on low incomes and young people under 25 – risk being left behind.
When you’re living in poverty, unaffordable transport can mean your opportunities are restricted. It can mean making heart-breaking choices between paying an essential bill or visiting a loved one in hospital; between buying food or buying a bus ticket to a job interview. And it can mean being locked away from those human connections that have become even more important to us all.
Public transport is key to easing the financial pressures on low-income households, unlocking opportunities, and in bringing us all back together.
On the road to recovery, we can make sure everyone has a seat, by providing free bus travel to everyone receiving Universal Credit (and other low-income benefits) and to all young people under 25.
In the media: Over 120 leading organisations from across Scotland singed an open letter from Peter Kelly, Poverty Alliance Director, urging party leaders to support the Everyone Aboard campaign. Share the Daily Record article. For more information and to read the full letter text and list of signatories click here.
Our Campaigns Officer, Suzi Murning, wrote a blog explaining why Scotland needs to extending free bus travel. “We all rely on public services – like health and education – to be there for us when we need them. But too often, they simply don’t work for people living on low incomes. But our transport system was designed, so it can be re-designed to work for everyone.”
In a guest blog, Chloe Goodall, Head of Impact at Children’s University Scotland, explores the impact extending free bus travel to people on low-income benefits and under 25s would have on realising children’s rights.
In another guest blog, Mollie McGoran MSYP explains why the Scottish Youth Parliament support the #EveryoneAboard campaign to extend free bus travel to under 25s and those on low-income benefits.
Write to MSPs and candidates
Write to your local MSP or Scottish Parliament candidates asking them to pledge their support for the campaign by downloading our template Letter to candidates. You can find your local Scottish Parliament candidates here.
Show your support on social media
What our partners Say
The Everyone Aboard campaign is supported by leading anti-poverty organisations, children’s charities, trade unions, faith groups, and environmental organisations. Here’s why our partners support the campaign.