From Welfare Weekly.
Free off-peak bus travel for older and disabled people in England will continue “for the foreseeable future”, after the Government amended legislation so that the concessions will no longer face a review every five years.
Bus passengers aged over 65 or with a disability have been entitled to travel free of charge on any off-peak local service in England since 2007, thanks to the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme.
Ministers say the new regulations will allow millions of older and disabled people up and down the country to benefit from free bus travel, allowing them to get around in their communities and “go about their daily lives”.
Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “Being able to get out and about is hugely important for older and disabled people to keep their independence and play a role in their local community.
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