London’s Bus pass lottery creates confusion among older travellers

Published on : Friday, October 28, 2016

london_busA recent post code lottery has been adapted by the authorities in London to decide the state pension age for the female citizens, so that they can receive their special benefits at a specific age.



Now after the postcode lottery, some of the female residents of London have to wait till the age of 60 to enjoy the benefit that London gives to the senior citizens, while the others might have to wait some more. After the lottery, some of the unfortunate female citizens have to wait longer to receive benefits including the bus passes.



At present, all the citizens of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales receives a bus pass for free at the age of 60. London has recently launched a 60 plus Oyster card that will act as a liaison between the age of 60 and the official state pension age.



The card allows the citizens to ride the train, tube, overground or DLR with four children or less, under the age of 11. In London, an annual travel card costs around £1,860.



In Manchester, the pass holders get to ride buses for free from 9:30 am to 11 pm local time, while in Kent, they can get to ride the bus from 9 am to 12 pm local time.



Presently, the councils are asking the elder citizens to check their state pension age to find out about their eligibility regarding the passes.



The new system has already confused the citizens as the rules from the old system differ from the new rules.



According to Sally West of Age UK, It’s harder to change citizens’ circumstances at 60 or 61, but they are treated the same way as people 10 years younger. People are squeezed at that age and they’re starting to draw on resources they build up for retirement.

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