Monday, November 28, 2016

Falling birth rate, best thing for the planet, worst thing for capitalism

German MP proposes ′free basic income′ for parents | Germany | DW.COM | 28.11.2016: "A member of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union wants parents in Germany to receive a basic income regardless of their means. But this shouldn't be confused with universal basic income, she said."

Friday, November 25, 2016

Dobbins calls for funds to be made available to provide free public transport for people refused driving licences on medical grounds

Derry Now: "Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has been called on to make funds available to provide free public transport for people who have been refused driving licences on medical grounds."

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Free public transport needed to connect people with jobs

SIC pilots free jobseeker transport | Shetland News: "SHETLAND Islands Council is trialling a project that gives unemployed people free public transport to enable them to attend work experience and develop their skills.

Policy manager Emma Perring told a ZetTrans meeting on Friday that a total of nine people has so far taken part, with seven of them subsequently gaining employment and the two others on their way to getting jobs.

The pilot - believed to be one of the first of its kind in Scotland - stemmed directly from research from the recent Tackling Inequalities Commission, which found that the cost of public transport was a pertinent barrier behind people accessing opportunities in Shetland."

Friday, October 21, 2016

Glasgow north west councillor calls for free transport for all school kids

Clydebank Post: "Glasgow Drumchapel/Anniesland Councillor Paul Carey has written to Scotland’s transport minister, Humza Yousaf, proposing all children attending secondary schools to have free access to public transport."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

It is likely that we are not even measuring carbon emission correctly

The Washington Post: "Countries around the world are trying to get their greenhouse gas emissions under control — to see them inch down, percentage point by percentage point, from where they stood earlier in the century. If everybody gets on board, and shaves off enough of those percentage points, we just might be able to get on a trajectory to keep the world from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius above the temperature where it stood prior to industrialization.

But if a new study is correct, there’s a big problem: There might be more greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere than we thought. That would mean an even larger need to cut."

Thursday, October 6, 2016

EU ‘ready to explore’ free InterRail tickets for European teenagers

EurActiv.com: "The free-train-ticket antidote against the political malaise affecting Europeans is widely supported inside Parliament by MEPs from the main political groups – including the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), the Greens and the Liberals (ALDE).

“I am convinced that the 18th birthday InterRail pass for Europe could become a true lighthouse project for the development of a common European identity in diversity,” said EPP group leader Manfred Weber, who champions the initiative with other MEPs.

Weber, a German Conservative who became an enthusiastic backer of the scheme after he used it to travel around Europe with his cousin, flagged the idea during the State of the Union debate in September."

David Carr: Me and my bus pass - good, free public transport for all

CommonSpace: "With free travel, I can take part in Glasgow’s economic, social, cultural and political life. It connects me to the rest of the city. I can also travel to Edinburgh and use their buses. The municipally run Lothian Buses contrasts with First Bus's clapped out service.

If free public transport is good for me, why wouldn't it be for all? Many cities worldwide provide this service, including in Europe, Brazil, the United States, China and Israel. "