A pioneering youth identity and discount card is now accessible to more young people after East Sussex libraries backed the scheme.
The 3i-D card was developed by East Sussex Youth Cabinet in association with East Sussex County Council, Citizen Card and bus providers in the county.
The card allows 11 to 19-year-olds who live, work or study in the county to prove their age and claim some reduced bus travel on Stagecoach services and discounts in shops and leisure outlets.
Crowborough Councillor Sylvia Tidy, who is East Sussex County Council lead member for children and families, said:
The 3i-D card has been a great success in allowing young people to prove their age and claim the discounts they’re entitled to with one handy card.
These changes, which will make the card accessible to a greater number of people, are the result of more hard work by the Youth Cabinet.
From June libraries across East Sussex are promoting 3i-D and are able to approve applications for a card, opening the scheme up to more young people.
Meanwhile, the card is also now being made available for free to youngsters aged 11 to 19 in possession of an i-go card, which allows greater access to leisure activities to disabled young people.
The changes, launched in an event at Eastbourne Library, are the result of work by the Youth Cabinet’s transport campaign group, which identified promoting and expanding the reach of the 3i-D card as one of its top issues.
Jack Foley, 14-year-old Youth Cabinet member for Wealden said:
I really enjoyed the launch because there were so many interesting people that were very supportive. This makes the card more widely known and accessible among young people.
The 3i-D card, launched in December 2013, previously relied on individual schools registering to support the scheme, which makes cards available for a one-off charge of £12.
The card, available in two versions, for under-16s and 16 to 19-year-olds respectively, is already offered free to young people from families entitled to free school meals.
More information and details of how to sign up for a 3i-D card are available online or by contacting the Information for Families service on 0345 60 80 192.