Save older Londoners' travel concessions
Published on 10 June 2020 05:13 PM
Since June, older Londoners have not been able to use their Older Persons’ Freedom Pass or their 60+ Oyster card between 04:30am and 09:00am on weekday mornings. This was announced a 'temporary' change requested by the UK government as part of a funding deal with Transport for London. A new funding deal is being negotiated and there is a real danger of further cuts and restrictions!
Call on the Secretary of State for Transport to save 60+ travel concessions
Age UK London are campaigning against the suspension of travel concessions because it penalises older Londoners with no choice about when and how they travel. Some of the poorest older Londoners will be among those hardest hit.
Affordable transport is a lifeline not a luxury and it can transform lives.Taking travel concessions away from older Londoners who live in the city with the worst pensioner poverty rate in the country and some of the highest living costs in the world will drive up poverty and exacerbate the capital’s social isolation crisis.
Older Londoners have already been hit financially by the pandemic. The number of older Londoners relying on out of work support like Universal Credit has doubled in seven months and only one in three older people made redundant find a new job within three months.
This October we must make our voices heard.
We’re asking Londoners to write to the Secretary of State to ask him not to reduce or remove older Londoners travel concessions, which are a lifeline.
Thousands of older Londoners depend on 60+ Oyster card and Freedom Pass concessions travel to work (often on the front line of the pandemic) in order to provide for themselves and their families and make an invaluable contribution to the capital.
The decision to suspend early morning travel concessions has done little to reduce crowding and older Londoners accounted for just 5% of the recent small increase in passenger numbers.
We have heard directly from older Londoners that the current suspension of concessionary travel has already had a devastating impact on older workers, including those on the pandemic front line; carers; those with early-morning medical appointments; volunteers and many others.
A case study with a 60+ card holder
"Remove travel concessions and you remove a lifeline"
A case study with a key worker
“It felt like a kick in the teeth to find myself paying to go home after a 12 hour nightshift.”