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Old 25-04-2012, 6:41 AM
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I doubt even this wretched 'government' would dare take bus passes away - it was a very clear election promise and a certain vote loser. Oddly, it's Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems who talk most about means-testing it, and who's ever going to trust Clegg again after the university fees fiasco?

Mind you, any party led by a couple of no-hopers about whom even one of their own MPs said recently:

"Unfortunately, I think that not only are Cameron and Osborne two posh boys who don't know the price of milk, but they are two arrogant posh boys who show no remorse, no contrition, and no passion to want to understand the lives of others – and that is their real crime."

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Old 25-04-2012, 7:02 AM
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Problem is not so much the bus passes themselves but whether local authorities will have the funding to pay the bus companies whatever it is they pay them for the pensioners' travel. If that's insufficient then the bus companies will cancel journeys and/or routes or maybe refuse to accept the passes.
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Problem is not so much the bus passes themselves but whether local authorities will have the funding to pay the bus companies whatever it is they pay them for the pensioners' travel. If that's insufficient then the bus companies will cancel journeys and/or routes or maybe refuse to accept the passes.
But it is the central government who funds it ie gives the local councils the money, isn't it?
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I doubt even this wretched 'government' would dare take bus passes away - it was a very clear election promise and a certain vote loser. Oddly, it's Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems who talk most about means-testing it, and who's ever going to trust Clegg again after the university fees fiasco?

Mind you, any party led by a couple of no-hopers about whom even one of their own MPs said recently:

"Unfortunately, I think that not only are Cameron and Osborne two posh boys who don't know the price of milk, but they are two arrogant posh boys who show no remorse, no contrition, and no passion to want to understand the lives of others – and that is their real crime."

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They have already gone back on their official word, see post 35
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Old 25-04-2012, 1:17 PM
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The age for qualifying is increasing as the retirement age for women increases. So if you have just turned 60 , you won't get the pass until you are 62 and a half.

The retirement age for women is increasing until it is 66 for both men and women. (I think they are still talking about whether this will go up further)
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They have already gone back on their official word, see post 35
I agree with you entirely - and they'll continue to lie and cheat their way through until they (hopefully) get kicked out at the next election.

I think bus passes might be the one thing they're stuck with, though - the promises were very specific and were repeated again recently.
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Old 26-04-2012, 10:15 PM
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Extract from Boris Johnson's manifestos for Mayor of London 2012

"I have maintained free or discounted fares for the most vulnerable, including the Freedom Pass for older people, which I extended to 24 hours, and for disabled people17. If elected I will go further and reverse the last Labour Government’s decision to stop Londoners getting their Freedom Pass at 60"

And Ken Livingstone's:

"I will return the age of eligibility for the Freedom Pass to 60."

So, if either get elected then the "expectation" is that Londoners will still enjoy "free" travel at 60.
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But it is the central government who funds it ie gives the local councils the money, isn't it?
Yes it is - but they don't/won't give enough (whatever 'enough' is). So effectively they can keep the bus pass scheme but not fund it and let the LA take the flak.
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My local authority has already cut back on the buses - but we now have a long distance pensioner's special that rambles through all the villages.

Perhaps we can get the driver to drop passengers at their front door, like the buses I remember from my boyhood.
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Perhaps we can get the driver to drop passengers at their front door, like the buses I remember from my boyhood.
My local bus does that - in the smaller places anyway. And some have turned into a roughly timetabled dial-a-ride service
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Extract from Boris Johnson's manifestos for Mayor of London 2012

"I have maintained free or discounted fares for the most vulnerable, including the Freedom Pass for older people, which I extended to 24 hours, and for disabled people17. If elected I will go further and reverse the last Labour Government’s decision to stop Londoners getting their Freedom Pass at 60"

And Ken Livingstone's:

"I will return the age of eligibility for the Freedom Pass to 60."

So, if either get elected then the "expectation" is that Londoners will still enjoy "free" travel at 60.
Did you enquire what Siobhan Benita says about this? She's apparently doing very well in the opinion polls.
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Old 29-04-2012, 10:21 AM
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Did you enquire what Siobhan Benita says about this? She's apparently doing very well in the opinion polls.
Well she won't get too many votes in West London that's for sure, since she is backing a third runway at Heathrow.
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Did you enquire what Siobhan Benita says about this? She's apparently doing very well in the opinion polls.
She has a lot to say on transport but seems to be silent on the matter of the Freedom Pass.
http://www.londonmoving.org.uk/blog/?p=6334
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Extract from Boris Johnson's manifestos for Mayor of London 2012

"I have maintained free or discounted fares for the most vulnerable, including the Freedom Pass for older people, which I extended to 24 hours, and for disabled people17. If elected I will go further and reverse the last Labour Government’s decision to stop Londoners getting their Freedom Pass at 60"

And Ken Livingstone's:

"I will return the age of eligibility for the Freedom Pass to 60."

So, if either get elected then the "expectation" is that Londoners will still enjoy "free" travel at 60.
Since it was Ken Livingston that brought in the freedom passes he said that there was no way he would rescend it. He also says that the will be reducing fares for everyone about 7% and also looking at the housing problems that exists in the city.

As for Bois he brought in the Boris bikes and to be able to take one out you have be a holder of a credit card that is if you have not got a disability and able ride on in London. Not much bike lanes created either in the city for these bikes, nothing at all about getting all transport and especially underground station usable for all disabled people.

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Know what? Millions of people do not live in London and have zero interest or care about Boris bike, Oyster cards or Freedom passes
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..........and millions of people DO live in London, some of them even on these boards.
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..........and millions of people DO live in London, some of them even on these boards.
I'm not one of them (thankfully) - but I'm very envious of the Freedom Pass available in London.
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Would be great to have buses or trains - have to have a car in rural areas
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Would be great to have buses or trains - have to have a car in rural areas

..........................or a motor bike?
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and if they were being abolished, tell me why rail companies are now trialing their use to give one third off normal fares. Admittedly to begin with it's only on selected routes. There use is equivalent to the old persons railcard ie one third off.

In Dorset you can use them from Weymouth to Westbury (13 stations). yes it's an obscure route, but from small acorns, oak trees grow.
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