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March, 2014

   Good Sports!
   ‘Bonjour’ to 16 French Apprentices Visiting Doncaster College
   £1 Million Cut In Business Rates For Local Retailers
   98 per cent of Doncaster children offered place at preferred secondary school
   A Legacy Of The Miners' Strike
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   Another success as Doncaster supports National Apprenticeship Week
   Appeal for Cusworth ghost stories
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   Clamp down on litter continues
   Coaches visit sports Science students
   Council team wins top awards for White Rose Way
   Demand to expand for unique Doncaster business
   Doncaster College Apprentice Awards 2014
   Elle helps the Heroes
   European and British ‘Super Finals’ Return to Doncaster
   Fire Fighters & Barclays Charity Car Wash
   First Aid Awareness for Kids
   Fly tipping residents pay the price
   FSB declares war on youth unemployment
   FSB welcomes Doncaster’s commitment to buy local
   Getting ready for the World of Work
   Girls watch Coloured lights go Green at College
   Local authority’s £300 million regeneration project in line for prestigious award
   Local Duo Offer Doncaster Van Drivers More Choice
   Low Energy Community Planned
   Make a Difference Through our Choices
   Mallard to welcome visitors to Doncaster
   Mayor's commitment to buy local
   National award for council team
   National recognition for efforts to boost investment
   Nursery celebrates 'good' rating in Ofsted
   One Step Closer To Protecting Yorkshire's Marine Wildlife
   Regeneration route connects to motorway network
   Seasonal Sounds at High Melton
   South Yorkshire National Travel Pass
   Students show their metal
   Students take the lead with training
   Successful Business Formed in Doncaster
   The ‘peoples’ piano’ arrives in Sheffield
   The Art of a Lifetime
   The Busy Life of Brian Rewarded With Polypipe Award
   Trainee Guide Dog ‘Buddy’ Visits Lakeside Village Outlet
   Two Students who care
   Volunteers Event at Mansion House
   Yorkshire’s last barn owl?

Title:South Yorkshire National Travel Pass
Author:Bill Paterson 
ID & Publication:20140311006 ~ 
Subject:Letters to the Editor 

Dear Sir

Thousands of visually and mobility impaired people are facing a vital cut across South Yorkshire on their travel passes. From March 31st, they will no longer be able to use their pass before 9:30am and after 11:00pm. I imagine many, especially those on low wages and hours, will be forced to give up work as they will be unable to meet the travel costs.

They also face the loss of concessionary travel on trains in South Yorkshire and on Network Rail services from South Yorkshire to West Yorkshire. Again, I imagine this will have a massive impact on the those who are on low incomes and hours but it will also greatly impact those who use the services on a regular basis to attend appointments at any of the Sheffield or Leeds hospitals.

I am visually impaired and, as a result, I am not allowed to drive. Therefore, I rely heavily on public transport to get me from A to B. I realise that I am still able to do this but my employment options have been limited as a result. Just recently, I have had to withdraw an application and attendance for an interview in Leeds because I would not be able to afford the monthly travel cost had I been the successful candidate.

I have emailed SYPTE regarding this but have had no response from them. I believe this cut is a cut too far and it will greatly affect the lives of thousands.


Bill Paterson

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Title: 'South Yorkshire National Travel Pass'   Category 'Letters to the Editor'
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