“Free Bus Pass Deception”

In July last year, at the time when the Coalition Government was contemplating lots of different ideas on how to approach the cuts, one of the ideas they floated was to remove free bus passes from pensioners.  At the time I commented on this in my blog under the title of “Bus Pass Bust Up” dated 16 July 2010.  The Government’s toe-in-the-water was met with a hail of protest and ultimately the Prime Minister denied there was any intention to remove free bus passes in the forthcoming cuts.

Now we can see the full sincerity of the politician’s words.  Sure enough in one hand they kept bus passes for older people, whilst in the other hand they made savage cuts to Local Authorities.  Now we are seeing the full impact of these cuts as subsidies to bus companies are reduced.  All over the country the frequencies of bus services and the number of bus routes are being cut.  There have been substantial protests in Plymouth and Stoke on Trent recently but of course now it’s the local politicians that are getting the blame rather than Central Government.

The elderly are the group that suffer most with these cuts since many of them no longer have cars but they still have to attend hospital appointments, doctor appointments and visit the shops, just like everyone else. 

In Plymouth five services are being cut altogether and a further six are being reduced whilst the bus company is considering fare increases.  At the same time Plymouth Citybus reported a record profit of £36.9m in the final half of 2010.

In Stoke on Trent, the City Council are proposing to cut subsidies to 44 services which will save £313k out of a total of £35.6m of cuts


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3 Responses to “Free Bus Pass Deception”

  1. Jon Cleaver says:

    Bus pass no bus pass, NHS reforms, rethink reforms, defence cuts, rethink defence cuts, sell the forest and woodland, don’t sell forest and woodland and so on it goes. Politicians are lost on a sea of indecision and incoherence. Was a time when Mickey Mouse brought the house down with laughter, not anymore, he’s in-charge! What is happening to this country? Since May 6 2010 where Dave was forced into a coalition, promising action man was here, policy has become a complete shambles. Starting with the sale of forestry and woodland so rigorously pursued, the policy has been abandoned.
    The education bill has had to be ‘revised’. The sacking of servicemen still serving our country was a disaster. Now Dave says: “It is wrong to charge ahead with NHS reforms in the face of widespread opposition,” another climb-down. But the coup de grace has to be the defence climb-down.
    Last October Dave said: “Britain will avoid its self being involved in large scale overseas entanglement,” so Ark Royal and the Harrier Jump jets could be scrapped, this despite increasing tension throughout the Middle East and then calling for a “no fly zone round Libya.” Ark Royal and the Harrier could be saved. What turn round will be next. While Nick, Tweedle dum is in Canada crying to music and shedding his woes, Dave Tweedle dee is sitting at home playing with spinning top. Even Norman on yer bike Tebbit has joined in. He says: “I’m not sure what Cameron believes in. I think he was more concerned with being prime minister than what he is going to do as prime minister.” Is this the wisdom of a great prime minister? Or is it the ominous vibration of a pendulum?

  2. james says:

    i want a free buss pass its costing me £5 a day to get to school and back

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