Free Bus Pass: State Pension age rise could change entitlement – are you affected?

Free Bus Pass: State Pension age rise could change entitlement – are you affected?

Free bus passes can prove particularly valuable for older people as it ensures they can keep independence, and enables them to travel with ease. Under most circumstances, it is possible to receive a free older person’s bus pass when turning 60. However, a large swathe of the UK will have to wait longer than this, and changes to the State Pension age could also alter entitlement.

The increase of State Pension age, the government states, is in line with higher life expectancy in the UK.

But this is likely to affect the entitlement to a free bus pass of those in England.

The bus pass can only be unlocked when reaching female State Pension age which is slightly further off now. 

As such, many will need to wait longer than they would have needed to in the past to apply for an older person’s bus pass.

Those eligible are encouraged to visit the government’s website, where they can enter their postcode.

This will prompt them to visit their local council’s website to find out more about receiving the pass. 

However, there are also different rules for those who are living in London as Londoners can travel free on buses, tubes and other transport when they turn 60, however only within the capital. 

To be eligible, people must have their sole or principal residence within London.

In England, to apply for a free bus pass, it is best to reach out to a relevant local council for further information. 

In Scotland, a free bus pass can be received by reaching out to a local authority or the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport for details of the application process.

In Northern Ireland, eligible people can pick up an application form in person at a bus or rail station, or by phoning or emailing the designated free bus pass contacts, available online.

And in Wales, the quickest way to apply for an older person’s buss pass is through the Welsh government’s online portal.

This can be actioned by the applicant themselves, or by a friend or family member with permission. 

Published at Wed, 08 Jul 2020 09:11:00 +0000