Not so much freedom for the Freedom Pass
18th November 2009
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A surprise turn around from an agreement made last year could see the Department For Transport reducing their promised £223m funding for national bus concessions. This could mean that the original promised £2m to Bromley COuncil could be greatly reduced.

The Freedom Pass is the capital's scheme to allow the over 60's and eligible disabled residents to travel free on our buses, trains, London Underground, trams and the Docklands Light Railway.

However, the three year agreement is already being reconsidered, and Bromley Council members are concerned that Council Tax rates might have to be increased to recover the shortfall.

Somehow this feels like the 'free' aspect of the travel pass won't end up being so free after all.

I'm unclear as to the real reasons or politics behind the reduction, or other implications the decision carries.

Lets hope the Department For Transport consultation - ending on 30th December - results in sensible budgeting and not too much of a turnaround on their original promises...

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