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messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by DulwichFox May 23, 08:27AM

Yawn...

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by seenbeen May 23, 10:25AM

Instead of politicising everything maybe we should blame the REAL culprits.
[www.bbc.co.uk]

and when they aer challenged
[www.mylondon.news]

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by ctovey May 23, 06:55PM

Just a quick update - London Councils have not yet had clarification from TFL and Dept of Transport as to what the restrictions will be on use of Freedom Passes, so they can still be used as usual

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by NewWave May 23, 09:26PM

ctovey Wrote:
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> Just a quick update - London Councils have not yet
> had clarification from TFL and Dept of Transport
> as to what the restrictions will be on use of
> Freedom Passes, so they can still be used as usual

I hope this is true-as I've heard only after 9.30am which scuppers me going into work

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by ctovey May 23, 11:19PM


messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by Cyclemonkey Yesterday, 11:35AM

Plenty of people work low paid jobs and do not get free travel, what makes working over 60s so special?

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by KidKruger Yesterday, 01:02PM

Cyclemonkey, I don't think anyone is saying over 60's are "so special".
From memory I think the 60 age threshold was originally because that's the earliest recognised retirement age (or was then) ie. for women. For blokes it's/was 65, but they could apply at 60 like their retiring women counterparts (I believe, Not sure if for blokes it was held at 65 threshold).
But the fact probably is that when you subscribe to the benefit, then have it taken away, it has an impact.
Recognising that impact doesn't translate to anyone saying one group of people is "special".

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by DulwichFox Yesterday, 01:15PM

I seem to remember rightly or wrongly that MY Freedom Pass was not issued to me until I was 61 or 62 .

Foxy

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by Cyclemonkey Yesterday, 03:20PM

Indeed, but it was only recently the freedom pass became valid before 9.30am - hence the bus driver nickname for freedom pass holders "twirlies" - derived from the enquiry "am i too early?"

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by NewWave Yesterday, 08:22PM

Cyclemonkey Wrote:
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> Plenty of people work low paid jobs and do not get
> free travel, what makes working over 60s so
> special?


Most people still working who are over 60 are probably like myself in low paid jobs.
The free travel makes a real difference to my weekly outgoings as I tavel from zone 3 to zone 1.
Chances are people in well paid jobs are more likely to have the option to retire at 60 as I have a few friends my age where once they hit 60 they were able to take their company pension and retire
lots of us in shop work, cleaning,catering etc have to wait until we get our state pension before we can retire.

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by womanofdulwich Yesterday, 09:44PM

I think its only public servants in reality that retire at 60. The rest of us will have to wait. As we all know our private pensions have just dropped by a third,so we'll be work ing till we're 68 ( assuming we can find anyone to take us on).

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by DulwichFox Yesterday, 10:22PM

womanofdulwich Wrote:
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> I think its only public servants in reality that
> retire at 60. The rest of us will have to wait. As
> we all know our private pensions have just
> dropped by a third,so we'll be work ing till we're
> 68 ( assuming we can find anyone to take us on).


I retired at 56. That was after 40 years to the Day. 16 - 56. So got no pension for 4 years.

Done my bit.

Foxy

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by Cyclemonkey Today, 07:48AM

I can tell you it's been a while since most public servants have been able to retire at 60. Like most of my generation I am looking at a retirement age of 68 ( probably higher in future).

messageRe: Free Travel (Freedom Pass) Over 60's Suspended
Posted by womanofdulwich Today, 10:02AM

Cycle monkey, I think you're right there, but I know a lot of civil servants that took early retirement in their mid 50's. They were offered such good terms. They said they could not say no, but then they can still have a parttime job.

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