CARMARTHEN WEST and South Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Angela Burns has raised concerns over the effect the lack of public transport has on young people and children especially those who are living in poverty.
Speaking in the Assembly Mrs Burns pointed out that the cuts in bus services effectively trap young people if they live in a family that doesn’t have access to either a car or public transport.
Afterwards Mrs Burns said: “Poverty measures should include transport as in rural areas too many young people are isolated because they can’t stay at school for after school activities nor can they join in with sports like Rugby or Gymnastics that need consistent attendance for practice. This doesn’t help them to enjoy the activities many other youngsters take part in and it can become much harder for them to feel part of a community. When we examined this issue in committee some years ago it became very clear that the lack of social inclusion is a key indicator of poverty.”