Collective Passport Scheme under Threat and Lobby Organised.
From the PCS Union.
As teaching professionals who deal with children every day we fully
understand the benefits pupils gain from educational trips abroad.
3,000 group passports are issued every year to support trips abroad
organised by Schools, Special Needs Schools, Youth Clubs, Army Reserves,
Scouts, Guides, Pilgrimage Trusts, Hospital groups for terminally ill
children, Football and Rugby clubs and Privilege trips run by Police and
This service benefits tens of thousands of young people each year who travel on group passports.
We have grave concerns a public service that allows children to travel on a group passport is under threat.
move to close this service will disadvantage pupils from poorer
families for whom the cost of individual passports is prohibitively high
and as such, we are concerned that pupils may be excluded from
educational trips abroad. We know that around 30% of young people who
travel on group passports do not have a passport of their own.
An online petition has been organised, please consider adding your organisation to this to lobby to retain this valuable service, that allows atleast 30,000 young people a year to travel at very low cost into Europe.