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.
Poverty Alliance Director, Peter Kelly, wrote to the leader’s of Scotland’s political parties, urging them to get behind the Everyone Aboard campaign and commit to extending free bus travel to those who need it most. See below to find out how you can write to your local MSP and candidates.
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.
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
Poverty Alliance 2021 Holyrood hustings
Sign up to our Poverty Alliance 2021 Holyrood hustings, taking place on Tuesday 6th April from 5.30pm – 7pm. The event will bring together representatives from Scotland’s political parties and attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions. We would encourage you to ask party leaders and representatives to commit to supporting the Everyone Aboard campaign. Panellists include:
– Anas Sarwar MSP, Leader of Scottish Labour
– Alison Johnstone MSP, Co-Leader of the Scottish Greens
– Willie Rennie MSP, Leader of Scottish Liberal Democrats
– SNP representative TBC
– Scottish Conservatives representative TBC
– Peter Kelly, Director, Poverty Alliance
You can read our full A Scotland for Everyone Holyrood manifesto here.
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.