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State of Rural Services report published

14 December 2017

Responding to the State of Rural Services report from Rural England Community Interest Company, which included transport research, David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “The education and training of young people is vital for boosting local economic growth. “AoC believes that students should be able to access the college with the best education and training that they want and need, not just making the decision based on the cheapest bus or train fare. “We believe that existing arrangements for local authorities to provide financial support for transport to young people accessing education and training could be significantly strengthened. We hope that the Bus Services Bill, currently going through Parliament, will move towards that.”