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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  · 

        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!

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        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.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        When I am old and poor the last thing I want is to have to pay for a bus pass.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        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 Shorton commented  · 

        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 ?

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        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.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        This is the one thing I have to look forward to next year when I'm 60. At the moment I can't afford buses - they are far too expensive.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        A very silly step backwards!

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Why do the Con-Dems continue to make life horrendous for the disadvantaged in society. Will they not be happy until they re-instate the poorhouse and strip the elderly of of all support,independence and dignity. Con-Dem Clegg and Camero to live the lives of the majority of the aged and not the privileged uncaring life of the exploiters.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        This will restrict yet another universal credit - not a good thing for communities nor individuals.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        this is disgraceful FREE TRANSPORT FOR ALL i SAY!

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Less buses mean more cars for the wealthy and those in poverty trapped at home. Bad for public health, environment. Whatever happened to intergrated public transport and joined up thinking?

      • Kathleen commented  · 

        Pensioners' passes mean more public transport for everyone.

        Why not think about the what it would be like if everyone travelled 'free' on public transport ( we all pay taxes for pavements and use them without direct costs)- more exercise - better health- less pollution-fewer road accidents - less cost to the NHS etc., etc..

      • Jim Hutchinson commented  · 

        too many younger pople are using taxis instead of public services

      • b.east commented  · 

        older people need to get out and socialise as well as adding to the economy by shopping. many can no longer afford to run cars and need public transport.

      • Jim Robson commented  · 

        the more people on buses the cheaper they are to operate. Good for the environment and good for public health. People who use buses walk more. This is a mean and stupid move.

      • alan richardson commented  · 

        it will not help the economy i for 1 wil be reluctant to travek into town if i have to pay so less money from me into the coffers of the economy

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        This is not an issue that will ever affect Nick Clegg I'm quite sure neither he or any of his elderly relatives will ever be catching a bus.

        As for the rest of us what the hell do we matter?

      • Colin Webb commented  · 

        Lots of people would not pay to go on the bus or use their car, therefore:

        1) Would not go out as much;
        2) Would not meet up with family and friends and socialise as much;
        3) Would not have that weekly cuppa possibly with a cake, therefore cafes etc would not have the income;
        4) Plus any other spending they might do, taking up cheap offers or sale items;
        5) Overall by 'hibernating' more, reduced health would be the result along with an increase of depression etc.;
        6) Would not be as adventurous, going on a bus to somewhere not been to before to explore etc.;
        7) Clearly an opportunity to meet people and make friends, again enriching they lives.

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