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Skewed for rich

Issue No. 1801

THE government's Social Exclusion Unit made a damning admission over transport last week. New Labour's transport policies are helping the rich more than the poor, its report said.

The answer is to re-regulate and subsidise bus services, and to give real help to poor families with transport costs. It found that the government's ten-year plan was 'heavily skewed' towards improving transport for the better off, while doing little for the poor. The poorest fifth of the population will gain from only 12 percent of the spending the plan envisages. The richest fifth will gain from 38 percent of that spending.

Lack of affordable transport is a barrier to work, education and healthcare for the poor, says the unit.

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Sat 25 May 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1801
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