Age UK welcomes protection of free off-peak bus travel for disabled and older people
By: Age UK
Published on 10 April 2018 12:00 PM
On tuesday 10 April, it was announced that disabled and older people in England will continue to benefit from free off-peak bus travel for the foreseeable future.
Responding to the announcement, Age UK's Charity Director, Caroline Abrahams said:
'We are delighted to hear that the government has recognised the importance of the bus pass. The bus pass is an important lifeline for many older people, often the poorest and those in isolated areas, who would otherwise be stranded at home – enabling them to access vital local services and stay connected with friends and family.
'Free bus passes help fight loneliness and all the evidence shows that older people who are able to get out and about and stay engaged with their communities have a better chance of retaining their health and independence for longer.'