To meet the cost of increases to bus fares, the cost of the Young Person’s Travel Pass will rise by £20, Kent County Council has said.
The concessionary scheme’s costs to the council can change each year, based on use and on the average fare of operators.
With fares set to increase, KCC has said it needs to raise the price in order to cover the cost to the Kent taxpayer.
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Matthew Balfour said: “Having had lengthy discussions with bus operators we understand fares will rise by 3% on average.
“This means, without an increase, it would cost the taxpayer over £400,000 a year.
“Budgets right across the council are becoming extremely tough but I believe the pass still represents excellent value for money – especially compared to the cost of normal bus travel and it remains an extremely generous scheme.
“The daily cost will rise from £1.31 a day to £1.42 a day. With the pass cost at £270, the KCC subsidy remains between £200 and £230 per pass on average.”
This would be an increase of 3%, based on the gross cost of the scheme.
Kent County Council’s cabinet members agreed last year that an annual inflationary increase to Young Person’s Travel Pass could be applied to cover any additional costs to the scheme.
To help families spread the price they can split payment into two half-yearly passes at £135.
There would be no change to the scheme cost for those on low income, remaining at £100 a year and £50 for half a year.
For families who have more than two children, the consecutive passes will remain free of charge.