Well, any contribution or reduction in cost has to be a benefit surely?? I think its actually quite a fair way, giving every child a same amount of 'money' on a card to travel to school with.
certainly if this is an option for getting a freedom pass rather than paying the full £520 next year then i'm all for it.
In fact, by the time they are in year 13, some are driving themselves and lift sharing so it would seem pointless paying the whole £520 for the year. paying a smaller amount to cover, say, fewer journeys, could be a good idea.
I am aware some children come from further a field but traveling to school has always been part of parental choice (for all of us) so we have to accept that some people may have to pay more after using the allocated amount.
I am relieved though it looks like the under 16 freedom pass will stay at £100 - I was concerned that might go up.
BTW, this is with respect of the 16 - 19 pass which was up for review. Obviously, the implications of limiting the 'normal' freedom pass is a whole new ball game, which I wasnt really thinking about in the above post