Free bus pass withdrawn from Exeter hospital service

Free bus passes will not be valid on the city’s PR3 service to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.

The decision has been taken despite 83 per cent of those who took part in consulatation were against the the idea.

Devon County Council will exclude the service from the scheme so the National Bus Pass will not be valid for free travel on the service.

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Free bus pass threat to services

Bus services are facing the axe as councils struggle to fund free travel for elderly people.

Government funding for free, off-peak travel for elderly and disabled people has fallen by 39% since 2010, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

It added that councils are being increasingly forced to subsidise this concessionary travel at the cost of other essential services.

The LGA said that Buckinghamshire, Cumbria and Somerset were among county councils cutting back on services due to funding problems.

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Days of concessionary bus passes may be numbered'

'Days of concessionary bus passes may be numbered'

I SHUDDER at the thought of those Labour-run councils in the UK dreaming up new ideas to justify cutting services and to unhelpfully blame this coalition Government for them.

Just try to cast your minds back to when, as if magically, under a socialist Government, all those new, smaller buses appeared cruising our streets every five minutes, serving far flung villages and communities.

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Cornwall's free bus pass holders asked to pay

Free bus pass holders could be asked to voluntarily pay for tickets in a bid to cut costs and protect rural routes in Cornwall.

Legally, Cornwall Council cannot force concessionary passengers to pay.

However the authority, which needs to save £24m next year, has proposed a voluntary scheme urging passengers to "keep their pass in their pocket".

Campaign group Bus Users UK, said the proposal was not the solution

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Iain Duncan Smith targets poor pensioners

Iain Duncan Smith targets poor pensioners with plans to scrap free bus passes and winter fuel allowance

Iain Duncan Smith’s move flies in the face of David Cameron’s election pledge to rule out cuts to pensioner ­benefits

Iain Duncan Smith tonight stepped up the Tory war on the poor by turning his sights on society’s most vulnerable.

The penny-pinching Work and Pensions Secretary wants to slash winter fuel allowances for pensioners and scrap their free bus passes and TV licences in a move that would spell misery for millions of people.

His cruel cuts could mean OAPs having to choose between heating their homes or eating as they lose up to £300 in cold weather payments.

And the over-75s would also have to fork out £145 for TV licences.



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