We always welcome a Letter to the Editor to share with our readers – unsurprisingly they don’t always reflect the views of this publication. If you have something you’d like to share, get in touch and of course, your considered comments are welcome below. This from Peter Geach from East Cowes. Ed
It is strongly rumoured that a Conservative, Con.Lib or Con.UKIP Coalition coming to power in 2015, will target the Pensioners’ bus pass.
Already Ian Duncan Smith is talking of means testing it!
MP Brandon Lewis (protégé of Eric Pickles) is reported to have called for the abolition of the England National Bus Pass as a universal entitlement free at the point of use.
Even Nick Clegg might need the bus one day
Nick Clegg has famously called for a ban on ‘millionaires’ riding the buses for free, which would save next to nothing. How about means testing the MP’s allowances says I!
This bus pass is a lifeline for older people, if it wasn’t for the bus pass and the pensioners using it, services would be reduced leading to job losses throughout the bus industry.
Pensioners just can’t afford the fare, and one day when our driving days are behind us we will all need the bus to go shopping, see the doctor, go to the hospital etc.
If the Conservatives are actively behind the scenes wanting to abolish the pass to save money; perhaps the recovery after all isn’t going as well as they would like us to believe!
If you want to keep the old age pensioners bus pass and sign the petition then contact:
Richard Worrall, 46 Winn House, Burrowes Street, Walsall, WS2 8NW
T: 01922 – 641084, M: 07522 – 215853, E: [email protected]
He will send you some forms. The petition has to be in by end of August.
The ‘Love the bus pass campaign’ (LTBP) is supported by the National Pensioners Convention. Richard Worrall is the England Co-Ordinator.