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stop Clegg removing the free bus pass for pensioners

Nick clegg wants to means test pensioners bus pass which allows them free transport on local buses anywhere in England

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As a young person with a chronic illness who cannot work and has to travel by bus I'm not happy with the high bus fares I have to pay and have been told that as the subsidy for OAPs free passes doesn't cover the cost and that this is inflating the fares I feel the current system is not working. Might be better to limit free bus travel to local area for shopping etc or a set amount of travel per week or a % discount and also to fund this centrally, as at the moment younger low income people are suffering because of the subsidy.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I will need a free bus pass in 17 years time, as at current inflation rate cost of living will have doubled by then. But not pensions, state or private. The funding of this should come from central Government via the Local Councils system that exist already. We don't have to reinvent the wheel, just re-inflate it. SAVE MY AUNTIES BUS PASS. All the best Julian

      • Linda TalbotLinda Talbot commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with this as I think they should be given to children who have no choice but to travel every day to get to school or college as the school leaving age has been raised to 18. The elderly do not need to travel every day.

      • MauriceMaurice commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What is this petition about? There is plenty of tabloid talk about abolishing them, for years back, but I can't find any news that it has actually happened ?!!

      • Sylvie RichardsonSylvie Richardson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You managed to shame the government into not restricting GP visits - so instead they take away bus passes which means many people will have their access to GPs and hospitals restricted anyway. Too much money wasted on legal aid and overseas. Give more to the elderly not less.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Myself and my family have voted conservitive all of our lives, but if we loose our bus passes and other perks then no more. How much cash is paid to families who never work never will and will be quite happy to say so to the press and also on tv. What a cheek!!!!!.
        It would seem we are a safe option and will never complain. Well think again Mr. C. Not only is your job unsafe but also your party's

        Tony.

      • vonvon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I started work at 15 years old and worked 2 years past retirement age, no time off looking after my child either, when I married the first time I advised my employer that my name had changed as I was now married. I was then put onto a married woman's stamp and when i queried it I was told I would still get a pension when my husband retired. I was not told it would be much lower than if i had been left to pay as a single person! I then divorced and payed a full stamp but only get 17% of a single person's pension. I am re-married now but my husband is 6 years younger than me so I can only get the 17% of a single pension still until he retires and then I do not get a full single pension. Nobody informed us then of what would happen in the future and pensions weren't talked about much then either. Now they want to remove the bus pass the only way I get out a couple of times a week! After working for over 40 years, I feel woman are really still badly treated from our generation. We won't get any of the new pension rates, too expensive I have been told to give it to us pensioners that have already retired. If our governments spent less money abroad and on health care and benefits for immigrants they might be able to look after their own, who have lived here all of our lives, no wonder people are a bit bitter to say the least

      • Jenny BantingJenny Banting commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        being a non tax paying pensioner, I wonder whether I would be treated as a single person or a married person for deciding whether I would be entitled to my bus pass in the future.
        People who are wealthy make sure that nothing is left in their names so they can claim anything going. Do not think I would qualify as my husband would be expected to keep me on his small pension.
        Working until 68 years old, staying home to look after my children and later staying home to look after my grand children, paying taxes but only a reduced insurance contribution as advised by the then DHSS that I would never have a pension until my husband retired - Quite wrongly of course.
        I think I have earned the right to use the bus a couple of times a week, after all those not working do not have to pay, they are just younger than me

      • vonvon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would not be able to afford to get to the hospital for appointments, would only be able to get to the shops once a week. I do not abuse my bus pass and only travel as needed. I am crippled with arthritis in my feet and back and have trouble getting around so cannot drive even if I could afford to have a car. If they take the bus pass away I think I might as well give up the ghost!

      • Alison WardellAlison Wardell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        On what basis does he base this means testing? He is only squashing the already squeezed middle classes. He has taken my pension from me twice and now the bus pass is in jeopardy. What next? Free precriptions and sight tests? It's costing the nation to means test everyone. Doesn't the coalition have any insight into poverty in old age? Oh I forgot, they are too busy giving benefits to illegal asylum seekers.
        Clegg hasn't got a clue and wouldn't be Deputy PM without the coalition. None of their austerity measures make any sense as they are penalising the very electorate who have paid taxes all their lives.

      • joejoe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sack Him he was not elected for what he thinks.
        He is ment to be a spokesman for voters evil man

      • joejoe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        He dosent need it shocking comment hes loaded and like all the Librals they are evil remember Glegg how he lied about student fees they should be put in jail for fraud

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why should a wealthy person of any age have state subsidised anything? A millionaire of pensionable age does not need a free bus pass. If it is means tested money can be saved towards helping those who really need help.

      • chandra chandra commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        nick clegg. you are a very nasty person, to stop old peoples pass and winter fule payments, why not stop people like all these tax credits you give out to mums some off them with live in boyfriends, and the hook liveing in a big posh house paid by your goverment, it would seem you and mr cameron take it out on old people, why not the banks insead,

      • would love more £would love more £ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        will nick clegg have a pension of £650 per month (included 200 private pension) i bet he will have100 times more than that leave bus pass be! perhaps i should go and live in ireland i would be well off thank you.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The chancellor did not mention our bus passes, he dare not !!!.
        However watch this space somthing may happen when we least expect it. I trust no one in government.

      • C KellyC Kelly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How can this be fair?. Compare the example of Irish pensioners who get Free Travel which includes not only buses, but Railways,(countrywide) Ferries, Free TV licences, Free telephone service, Free heating. Also benefits ie. Child allowances at a rate of 140 euros a week, and a basic old age pension of 236 euros a week, along with Free medical services.They pay no Council Tax. Pensioners in UK should be aware of this and revolt.

      • WED UckworthWED Uckworth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So,it looks like the government want the elderly to stay in their own homes, by making it more and more difficult for them to leave it. The insurance companies make using their cars too expensive. Public transport companies are really only interested in running routes that make them money. Taxi is expensive - some local taxi companies are marvellous others openly discriminate against a 1 km round-trip to the shop. Train? You still have to get to and from the station ...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        rich mps do not know what it is like to have very little leave our bus passes alone.

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