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Residents Warned Mi Card Changes Afoot

Friday February 10 2012


Barnsley Town Hall Barnsley Town Hall


THE Mi Card may not be axed but usage times could be restricted and charges added under new budget announcements, We Are Barnsley can reveal.

The scheme offers free bus travel across Barnsley for under-18s between 9am-9pm and on weekends but under the next round of budget cuts, the council says it has to axe some of the £2 million it costs to run the Mi Card scheme.

The council is considering three options to make the Mi Card more viable - one is to charge an all day fare of 30p, even at weekends, to anyone using one.

The second proposal is to reduce Mi Card hours to 5 - 9pm on school days and weekends with a 60p fare at all other times.

Finally it is considering a 20p fare at Mi Card hours only, between 9am - 9pm weekdays and anytime at weekends.

A council spokesman said no firm decision had yet been made but those were the proposals that had been put forward.

She added: "Regarding any changes made to the scheme, Barnsley Council is looking at different options that will be discussed with groups of young people. All the options will be going before the Youth Council for them to consider and give their recommendations."

Latest figures show that around 67 per cent of children and young people in Barnsley use the cards.

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Reply Posted by Sall on Friday February 10 2012 at 11:30
Don't see how the 5-9 would work...  The Mi cards help children get too and from school...

Reply Posted by Barnsley Father on Friday February 10 2012 at 11:36
The mi card helps famalies on low incomes but it also has a negative effect on leisure centres as the kids use their card to get into metrodome every weekend so it's packed i refuse to go now cause theirs too many kids taking over the pools and massive ques and also people with babies or small children have problems getting on buses now because kids are packing the buses with no room for other commuters

Reply Posted by Cheryl-shaw on Friday February 10 2012 at 11:37
Whats the point in 5-9 as most people use it 2 get back from school, they already have 2 pay the fare 2 school as the times ov usage of the mii card does. Ot start till their already in school!!!!!

Reply Posted by Jasmine-student on Friday February 10 2012 at 11:49
I am a youth at the age of 11 and i catch the bus to school and back home mon-thursday i dont get the 5-9 as my school fiinishes at half past 3 shouldnt it be 3-9 so people from primary and seconday catch the bus with out paying full fare..

Reply Posted by Jackanddez on Friday February 10 2012 at 11:51
i dont mind payin for my children to go on the bus after school but think it should be free between the hours of say 8 and 5

Reply Posted by Jasmine-student on Friday February 10 2012 at 11:52
Unless you are giving ideas what we should do i think the people with micards should pay 30p all day pass much easier and understanderble for people who are on benifits and parents of children which are in debt .

Reply Posted by Traceyjmartin on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:01
the mi- cards don't help my daughter t get t skool cos she starts at 8.25am..and they dunt kick in til 9am.....I would welcome them t start earlier...7.30am and finish earlier 8pm....chargin sum sort of fare with them may stop sum teenagers frum bus stop hopping....!!! it has been a gud scheme tho' espacially in summer wen families like myself without a car want t go out and about with there kids to places that sometimes need 2 buses t get there.....the fare adds up there and back wen uve got a few kids t pay 4....and the adults fare on top...it can cost 10 t 15 quid just t get t a decent park like Cawthorne park....

Reply Posted by Lisa on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:15
The kids can't use their mii cards anymore for free swimming ?

Reply Posted by Tara Beasley on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:15
I think the mi card for kids should be for school times only. say 8 am till 4-30pm then charged 50p at all other times. its only fair as alot of kids need buses for school. 

Reply Posted by Lisa on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:19
I pay monthly for my kids gym membership & the free travel allows them to get out and about independently to swim & other activities I pay for but if they had to then pay for busses I certainly would have to restrict what they could do as I couldn't afford to pay out even more money to get them there xxx

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:31
Just scrap them alltogether -- No other area in South Yorkshire has Mii cards, so why do Barnsley taxpayers have to pay for kids to get on buses free ?
Maybe then the Interchange will become a nice friendly area at night instead of full of unruley yobs.
And as for the people saying they should be allowed for travel to school --- WHY ?
Why should we give kids free travel to and from school - taxpayers already have to pay £6000 a year for every child to attend school, why then should they pay to get them there -- WALK or CYCLE like we used to have to do

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:31
Just scrap them alltogether -- No other area in South Yorkshire has Mii cards, so why do Barnsley taxpayers have to pay for kids to get on buses free ?
Maybe then the Interchange will become a nice friendly area at night instead of full of unruley yobs.
And as for the people saying they should be allowed for travel to school --- WHY ?
Why should we give kids free travel to and from school - taxpayers already have to pay £6000 a year for every child to attend school, why then should they pay to get them there -- WALK or CYCLE like we used to have to do

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:33
 The Mii card was NOT introduced to allow kids free travel to & from school -- It was to encourage them to do activities at night (so they don't just sit in house on X-Box getting fat)

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:34
 The Mii card was NOT introduced to allow kids free travel to & from
school -- It was to encourage them to do activities at night (so they
don't just sit in house on X-Box getting fat)

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:34
 Why should it ?

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:35
 Why should we pay for kids to travel to school free ?? --- we already pay for their education

Reply Posted by Heather on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:43
For those who are saying that kids should be able to use the Mii card to travel TO school --- well read this (it comes direct from BARNSLY COUNCIL)



Why does the scheme only start from 9am or why can’t my child travel free to school before 9am?The
intention of the mi card is to open up social, health and leisure
opportunities for younger people who ordinarily might be disadvantaged
by travel costs or distances, preventing them meeting up with friends,
going swimming and so on.

"IT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO WIDEN THE SCHEME TO MAKE TRAVEL TO SCHOOL FREE ACROSS THE BOROUGH". This would go
against our hard work in promoting healthier lifestyles where we have
been working with schools to develop their travel plans. These are aimed
at encouraging children – the majority of who live within easy reach of
their schools – to do more walking and cycling where possible. Those
who are entitled to free statutory travel to school will still receive
it.

The 9am weekday start is consistent with packages for the over 60s which are already in place. 

Reply Posted by Heather on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:45
 Read this:   http://www.barnsley.gov.uk/mi-card

"IT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO WIDEN THE SCHEME TO MAKE TRAVEL TO SCHOOL FREE ACROSS THE BOROUGH".

Reply Posted by Heather on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:45
  Read this:   http://www.barnsley.gov.uk/mi-card



"IT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO WIDEN THE SCHEME TO MAKE TRAVEL TO SCHOOL FREE ACROSS THE BOROUGH".

Reply Posted by Heather on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:46
  Read this:   http://www.barnsley.gov.uk/mi-card



"IT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO WIDEN THE SCHEME TO MAKE TRAVEL TO SCHOOL FREE ACROSS THE BOROUGH".

Reply Posted by anon on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:48
some kids have miles to walk to school, bus for them is vital specially during winter months when its dark and cold, would you feel the same way if something happened to one of these children walking either to or from school being knocked down or something more serious this world has gone to a mad place was only in the papers about men asking children to get in cars the other week least a simple bus ride to and from school makes it safer .. schools should think about putting on a school bus maybe if they scrap the mi cards.

Reply Posted by Kassastar on Friday February 10 2012 at 15:14
think the third option sounds best 20p fare all time as its not really gonna break the bank n most kids can pay with their own pocket money. Lot different from when i was a kid and it was 2p for kids and 5p for adults lol

Reply Posted by Casp1997 on Friday February 10 2012 at 16:07
i bet you are not a parent of a child that as a mi card  i think its great for them to use it my girl as one a still run her a round as well but its their for her to use its better than walking in the dark on winter nights 

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday February 10 2012 at 18:02
I am 28 and when I was at school we had Mega Travel cards and paid 30p for each journey on a bus. I had to catch 2 buses to school and back so did my 2 brothers. My mum never complained about having to pay for us to get to school. Now as a parent myself I find it infuriating that some people expect everything to be given to them on a plate!

You decided to have kids so you can't moan about how much it costs to send them to school or get uniforms etc etc. If you can't afford kids then you shouldnt have had them.

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday February 10 2012 at 18:02
I am 28 and when I was at school we had Mega Travel cards and paid 30p for each journey on a bus. I had to catch 2 buses to school and back so did my 2 brothers. My mum never complained about having to pay for us to get to school. Now as a parent myself I find it infuriating that some people expect everything to be given to them on a plate!

You decided to have kids so you can't moan about how much it costs to send them to school or get uniforms etc etc. If you can't afford kids then you shouldnt have had them.

Reply Posted by Sharon Shaw5 on Friday February 10 2012 at 19:01
look at it from my point ,,, im a bus driver and most of the kids travel one stop, travel all round a route (simply because they have nothing else to do ) abuse us drivers ,,, swear, smoke, drink. constantly ring the bell then decide not to get off the bus. hang around the bus station all night, i ask would they do this if they had to pay half price fares like wakefield???? i think not .

Reply Posted by Likcinggood on Friday February 10 2012 at 19:44
SCRAP THEM..WASTE OF TAX PAYERS MONEY FULL STOP.....Should have kept free swimming, this way kids keep fit, but no dump council scraps swimming and makes barnsley kids fatter!!

Reply Posted by Bethsefton on Friday February 10 2012 at 20:00
I didn't know that Heather thank you.

Reply Posted by Bethsefton on Friday February 10 2012 at 20:00
I didn't know that Heather thank you.

Reply Posted by a mother on Friday February 10 2012 at 20:01
metrodome was always packed before the mi card came out so it hasn't made a difference like you r saying and they stopped the free swimming last year

Reply Posted by a mother on Friday February 10 2012 at 20:01
metrodome was always packed before the mi card came out so it hasn't made a difference like you r saying and they stopped the free swimming last year

Reply Posted by Mitch on Friday February 10 2012 at 20:15
Scrap it altogether, there's a little thing called a travelcard instead

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday February 10 2012 at 20:17
"most" i think you mean "some" 

Just like "some" of the bus drivers; listen to their music whilst driving, stop the bus so they can get out and have a fag, be unhelpful and generally rude.

Don't like people tarring everyone with the same brush. It annoys me when people get on at one stop and off at other too though. Just wanted to make the point that this is a very small minority.

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday February 10 2012 at 20:20
Whereas nobody paid for your education then? I agree with Tara.

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday February 10 2012 at 20:25
loving all the jealous people on here just cos they never got mi cards when they was younger. Stop sucking lemons people! Its such a good thing, why should children be punished for their parents not having enough money? Let them go to the park with their friends so they never have to use the phrase "sorry I cant- my mum cant afford for me to go on the bus, moneys tight at the moment." Let them explore. So their not cooped up in house all day.

Reply Posted by Leah on Friday February 10 2012 at 20:32
My child attends school over 5 miles away, she doesnt get free travel to school she pays 60p fare it's only free home from school. By all means enforce restrictions, but remember if a child can travel home from school free then they arent put in compromising situations by loss of bus fare etc they can always get home safely. is there really a price you can put on a childs safety?

Reply Posted by angie. on Friday February 10 2012 at 21:29
i think the 20p option is the best.

Reply Posted by Jasmine-student on Saturday February 11 2012 at 11:30
Okay here i man again I think the 20p one works better as it will help parents and kids as the parents will have to pay a small amount if their child as got a micard!! i know that it is hard to pay 1.30 (full fare) think if you travelling with a child 2.60 there and back imagine if costs go u it will keep rising until no-one cant get on the bus because it will be too exspensive. At least if you do choose option 3 (20p) kids will be giving a little bit of money into bus fares.

Reply Posted by Gingersnap on Saturday February 11 2012 at 14:56
Scrap Mi cards altogether. If kids wish to get around on an evening then their family should pay for it or drive them or they have to stay local ( as may of us did). So American to think kids should be busy everynight and go to loads of clubs etc. In reality most just shuffle around smoking or drinking cheap booze or snogging. If there is an issue with kids getting to school then a prepaid card would make sense for parents to purchase, that can only be used early in the evening and just after school breaks up. The price could be low and for school use only. Parents on really low incomes could apply for one for free via the council. 

Reply Posted by Thesellars on Saturday February 11 2012 at 15:52
My son uses his mi card exactly as they were intended, to travel to friends houses, or to go bowling, or to places or events he would not otherwise be able to get to. I am proud that Barnsley offer such a scheme to our young people. Why should everything good be aimed at adults, lets do something for the kids for once. Everyone complains if they are hanging around the streets bored, yet certain people begrudge them even this little bit of help to put an end to that.

Reply Posted by Sall on Saturday February 11 2012 at 17:23
'we already pay for their education'??  Who paid for your education?  Everyone is entitled to FREE education as a basic right!  Think you're a bit out of order there! 

Reply Posted by Becci_fenney on Monday February 13 2012 at 09:59
if there going to change the mi card it should be the 20p one it costs a fortune on buses if im going to my dads and have to pay for my daughter its costs me 2pound just for her cos she lost her mi card and im going to replace it if they scrapped it it would cost me 4pound for my daughter and son so they should keep it mi card helps parents alot with the cost of bus fare

Reply Posted by Tracey on Monday February 13 2012 at 10:03
So that we know our children can get to and from school safely, if the childs money is stolen or lost at school then they are not panicking and can get home.
Mi card should be free to all kids in school uniform and charges applied for travel at all other times but then its typical of Barnsley Council..Introduce a scheme then cancel it......Like the swimming!!!!
The kids have nothing!!

Reply Posted by Amanda on Monday February 13 2012 at 12:06
i personally think that the free swimming with the mi card was a good idea but it did cause problems at the metrodome...it was always full before but after introducing free swimming it got extremely busy with very long queues of mostly gangs of teenagers which wasnt so good for familys with young children. Why dont they change it to paying so much for the bus fares and re-introducing the free swimming but restrict the free swimming....certain days for anybody and certain days just for kids that are going with an adult....that way they're still making some money on the bus travel and the cards are being used for what they were intended....kids getting fitter. We had to pay for the kids to travel on buses before the mi cards so maybe its time we paid again if we want to keep the mi cards 

Reply Posted by Jobyjo4 on Thursday February 23 2012 at 16:12
the card was for kids to get to local places ie library, swimming etc OH wait council closed them !!!!!! should be 20p travel card

Reply Posted by guest101 on Tuesday March 13 2012 at 18:02
if anything it should be 20p otherwise its going to cost me a fortunes as ive got to travel loads for school because in mornings im in wilthorpe and then in afternoons im in carlton and other days im in penistone and then at carlton its starting to get ridiculous now!! plus if they do axe it then everytime my boyfriend comes to mine or i go to his its going to cost £4 and now i see him everyday and hes on income support and only gets £110 to live on for 2 weeks so theres no way that im hardly ever going to get to see him... and at least now that people have mi cards they can go into town and see there mates and that where as before people couldnt because they didnt have the money to,.... I think they ought to do it so that if the family is on low income they keep mi cards and either charge 20p or its free and then  for families that are better off they have to pay the whole 50p .... makes sence to me..x

Reply Posted by StarGuest.x on Wednesday April 4 2012 at 08:50
No because that's not fair cos only some kids are like that which is only like 10 percent some actually go to town or whatever....... OAP's get free travel and most of them take it for granted so look at them before us I've seen an OAP get on at stop before lodge co op and get of at co op!!!!

Reply Posted by Cheryl Willis on Sunday April 15 2012 at 12:58
I am aware that this scheme was not intended for free travel to school. I do not expect everything to be given on a plate I have one child and both myself and my husband work full time. My point is that despite this the total scrapping of the mi card would have an effect on our household expenditure as our daughter has to catch the bus to and from school. In my opinion it is not safe for her to walk because of distance and an extremely busy road which adults struggle to cross! In this economic climate I believe the scrapping of this card will add to financial hardship already being experienced by many! I do to a certain extent agree with the comment made below that if u can't afford kids don't have them which is why I only have the one! Lol! As a parent you make sacrifices to make sure your children are provided for but the cost of everything is on the rise and when the government and councils have given things like child tax credit and free travel, when these are taken away the pinch is felt! I agree that either the 30p or 20p charge is a better solution rather than the only use between 5pm and 9 pm as this would discourage the "bus hoppers" described further down by a bus driver!