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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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      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No to means testing. I agree with the comments about the environment , isolation and sociability. The free bus pass scheme has been a great success. Something to look forward to.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No, this is a boon to pensioners; it enables me to study, socialise, shop and discover the area in which I live - I could never afford to go out like this if I had to pay. It makes the difference between an interesting life, and boredom and isolation.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A free bus service is the least we can offer to people who have paid into the economy all their lives. How isolated might they be without it? Cleggy!...youre an embarassment to Sheffield

      • Joyce LeesonJoyce Leeson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Surely we need to encourage older people to get out and about, whilst climate change requires less private transport use, so it is win- win if older are encouraged to use the bus. All experience shows that means testing not only serves to discourage many of those eligible from taking up benefits but is also expensive to implement.
        Most people need the bus sometimes but if there are fewer passengers there will be fewer buses and we will all suffer.

      • R.CR.C commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I dont drive and i like to buy my groceries 3 times a week, fresh. It costs £3.50 return to go to my high street for shopping. I cant carry too much at one time so i might have to make an extra trip. Without my bus pass i dont know what i would do? It also contributes to a little social life, visiting friends etc.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Giving all pensioners free bus passes encourages them all to use buses, not just those who have always done so. I know this from experience; neither of my parents used buses from when they bought a car in 1973 until they got their free passes recently, and now they're regular bus travellers, in spite of still owning a car. They wouldn't be if they still had to pay bus fares.

      • Marilyn SadlerMarilyn Sadler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am a disabled pensioner, with a bus pass. The removal of this facility would prove detrimental to myself, and many others in both the pensioner and disabled situation. I do not have a substantial income but worked all my life contributing taxes and NI. Without the bus pass I would become a prisoner in my home as there is no way I could afford taxi fares. You need to think further than the edges of your box!!!

      • Robin KinradeRobin Kinrade commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am fit and well and quite active at the moment, but I have had open heart surgery. I am 62 and do not have a car. I use my son's car just once a week. My business income is 1/3 or less what it was 4 years ago and showing no signs of improvement. Any pension I get will be peanuts, athough I have saved as much as I can afford over my lifetime. Buses are my lifeline, and I'm already noticing the cuts in bus services.. Please take these ideas back to the think tank from which they orignated and tell them to start counting the days to which they will become redundant, as they (and you!) surely will.

      • Lindsay PerksLindsay Perks commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We need to increase the number of journeys taken by bus not ration public transport on ability to pay.

        Lindsay

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        i think that mp's have no idea how many pensioners have no other way of getting around other than by bus- I met an elderly man today who ca't drive becuase of cataracts. I thought that successive governments were implementing greener travel to cut down car usage. what we need is a compete overhaul of the transport system as the bus companie's are not competitive in my opinion and buses are not provided where they are in greatest need. All the towns and cities are clogged up with buses and exhaust fumes-- many of these buses are running without passengers and bus companies are paid a prmium by the government and need a shake-up in my opinion ditto the train services To means test pensioners. is to take away benefits that they have earned as a right.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Whose going to post the letters, Tory boy? Does the same apply to the unemployed and the disabled? What are we going to do with all the stamps? I know, make them into stew for feeding the vultures of Eton and Harrow.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am a Tory, and I think that when old people are no longer economically active they should be captured, ground up and made into glue for the back of postage stamps. That is the only way they should be able to access transport.

        If you are not economically active you are not worthy of being human.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think Clegg and his so called Tory friends are evil! The over 60s, all of them have worked and paid taxes all their lives. A free bus pass for all at 60 is a reward for that hard work!

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this would be discrimination, many of the pensioners only go out because they have a bus pass, they would think twice if this was means tested and they just reached the limit because they will feel that going out is going to be a strain on their budget.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Pensioners with bus passes keep the buses on the road for other passengers like parents with young children and people who don't want to or can't drive. They encourage older people to not use their cars, helping to keep down pollution. And they help to keep older people active and mobile, contributing to preventing isolation which is bad news for the older people themselves, and puts lots of demands on the NHS because of the consequences of social isolation. And lastly bus passes are something to look forward to in retirement!

      • Ernie ShortonErnie Shorton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No, no, no !!!! ...... to many pensioners like myself, free bus passes are essential in enabling them to add value, quality and purpose to their everyday lives. Retirement should be the "beginning" rather than "the end" for many who have given their all to families and the cut and thrust of todays rat race
        - retirement should be aspirational with a "can do " mentality and a chance to really "make a difference" in todays increasingly secular society. Let's cut needy pensioners some slack and give them the meager rewards they deserve and have worked so hard for ! Tax the bankers and the rich not forgotten about pensioners struggling to survive in this recession. What next will these well off "out of touch "career politicians take off the needy next ! Why not charge us for the very air we breath ?

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If you are going to pay subsidy to bus companies anyway, you might as well pay it in a way that encourages people to get out of their cars and travel by bus. Otherwise the companies will either claim increased subsidy by direct payment or reduce services; to the disadvantage of all passengers.

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