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By Chris Cornell / Transport / 0 Comments

Labour MP uses first parliamentary question to slam cuts to local bus services

Labour MP Rosie Duffield today used her first opportunity to question the Prime Minister directly to highlight the massive cuts to bus services planned by Kent County Council next year.

This week Kent County Council (KCC) has proposed an almost £4 million cut in their budget for ‘socially necessary’ bus services. The Tory cut could mean the cancellation of dozens of rural services which are a lifeline to local people.

Rosie highlighted that out of the 78 services facing the chop, 14 were school buses, including the service which ferries children from Whitstable to the grammar school in Faversham.  If plans are passed the reduction in services would come into play from September next year. She has warned that the plans could be “devastating” to people who use them everyday.

In response, Damien Green, the First Secretary of State and MP for Ashford admitted that local councils needed to live within their means. His response was come as a real dissapointment to his own constituents who will also suffer from this cut and serves as further evidence of how it is only the Labour Party who really care about socially isolated individuals.

If you are concerned about this issue please sign the “Save Our Buses” petition launched by KentLive.