the bus pass will it be means tested?

  sunnystaines 10:26 08 Aug 2009
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read this in the cornwall local rag

click here

I do not think it should be means tested, the good point of the bus pass is it takes a lot of old drivers off the road. And how would they means test it as few people over 60 work, most living off work/state pensions.
why should someone who chooses to work after retirement be penalised for it by loosing his bus pass.
not yet 60 but will be there in a few years.

  JanetO 11:10 08 Aug 2009

Another stupid initiative by Gormless Brown no doubt.

People who have worked all their lives, paid taxes, are now to be penalised yet again.

If this happens they'll lose a lot more voters. This could be the death nell for labour (supposed socialists).

  crosstrainer 11:16 08 Aug 2009

..Will it be means tested? No. Not unless a radical change occurs.

I have a bus pass. but do not use it, and would be happy to contribute to a reliable Public Transport system

  hssutton 11:59 08 Aug 2009

Great idea, means test the oldies for a bus pass, but give family allowance to all and sundry.

  JanetO 13:57 08 Aug 2009

...Incidentally, the first paragraph of the linked news story is an outright lie...

What, John Bakewell isn't the pensioners tzar?

  Stuartli 14:25 08 Aug 2009

As I've often stated, Merseyside has had free bus, rail and ferry travel for those of 60 and over (men used to have to wait until 65 until 2002, when this was overturned after a legal challenge) for about 20 years.

The free travel area covers a vast area (as far as Chester on the trains) and the disabled, if eligible, may obtain a pass at any age; people on benefits or who meet other conditions can also use the two Mersey tunnels free of charge.

The claim was that Gordon Brown had provided free travel in England for all those aged 60 or more, but this just wasn't true as a number of areas, including Merseyside, already had schemes in place.

But why let the truth spoil a potential vote winning exercise?

See:

click here

click here

  interzone55 15:01 08 Aug 2009

"Another stupid initiative by Gormless Brown no doubt."

Another stupid knee-jerk reaction.

The Local Government Association is exactly that - Local Government, and has precisely nothing to do with Central Government, and is often at odds with them.

Many councils are having trouble funding the free bis passes

  JanetO 16:34 08 Aug 2009

Silly me, I used your link.


alan14
..."Another stupid initiative by Gormless Brown no doubt."

Another stupid knee-jerk reaction.

The Local Government Association is exactly that - Local Government, and has precisely nothing to do with Central Government, and is often at odds with them.

Many councils are having trouble funding the free bis passes...


Thank you for enlightening me so nicely. I love it when the cliches get liberated.

  citadel 16:34 08 Aug 2009

as far as I can see free passes = fare increases for the rest of us plus cuts in service.

  jakimo 18:04 08 Aug 2009

This is not a new suggestion,,many councils in the last 6 months have been complaining that the amount allocated by the government is not covering the cost of the free bus passes,and it should be remembered that it is not only the over sixties who get these free passes

And hssutton should be deported to the Outer Hebrides

citadel: most over sixties have to live on a pittance of a pension,unlike those who are over indulged with generous family allowance payments to squander

  hssutton 18:48 08 Aug 2009

"And hssutton should be deported to the Outer Hebrides" ?

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