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Seniors' TV and Bus travel

Postby Camela » 11 Jun 2019 15:45

I was sent this by a friend a few days ago and it seems more pertinent in view of the BBC announcement yesterday. Sign it/forward it if you or someone you know have a vested interest.


https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/259179/signatures/new

Hope this is clickable or a kind CM can make it so please!
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Postby Dave » 11 Jun 2019 15:51

Camela wrote:...Hope this is clickable or a kind CM can make it so please!

Done! :D
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Postby Dave » 11 Jun 2019 16:06

I know about the announcement that most over-75s will no longer get free TV licences, but I've not heard about a plan that affects free bus travel.

I must admit to having mixed feelings about 'freebies' for the elderly (of which I'm one!).

I've had a free bus pass for about 18 months; I've never used it and I don't intend to in the foreseeable future. I get a winter fuel allowance too, which is nice but totally unnecessary. I don't understand why there's been blanket handouts regardless of individual circumstances and needs. It seems obvious to me that there are wealthy, poor and everything in-between elderly people and that only those in genuine need should be helped.
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Re: Seniors' TV and Bus travel

Postby Meg50 » 11 Jun 2019 18:00

the freedom pass is vital.

without that people don't get out and socialise etc.

adding to the social services etc bill for the housebound and immobile
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Postby judgegeoff » 11 Jun 2019 19:03

It really is inconveniencing our Government that us seniors are living to be older and older and so there are more and more of us! After TV licences and Bus Passes I wouldn't be surprised if their next target will be free prescriptions.
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Re: Seniors' TV and Bus travel

Postby Carwalsick » 11 Jun 2019 19:21

Given the mess we have left for our youngsters, I see no reason why those wrinklies of us who can afford it should automatically receive benefits. Before anyone says don't take it then, I am not sufficiently altruistic to turn down a freebie.

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Re: Seniors' TV and Bus travel

Postby Camela » 11 Jun 2019 20:02

My argument is that I've paid my NI and tax throughout my working life and you can't suddenly move the goal posts. I've already experienced that with my former employer who took away pensioners' perks that they signed up to when they agreed to voluntary redundancy. I am not a regular user of the bus pass but enjoy it when I do and who knows what's ahead? By all means change the rules for the future and give due notice but don't take away what has already been given.
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Postby Gillzajoker » 12 Jun 2019 11:47

If you have paid into the systme all your life, and there were 'rules and regs' in place listing potential entitlements, then you should expect to have them. Over here you can apply for a 'sesenta y cinco tarjeta' - an 'over 65 card that' has a few benefits. One of which is a discount towards spectacles, but when you wave the card at the opticians, they say they've already included that in their pricing! Another is cheap bus travel....but......we only get a couple of buses a week here, so that is not a lot of good. A couple of years ago, they scrapped the Winter Fuel Allowance for ex-pats - we live up in the mountains (snow-covered over winter) and it does get cold, especially at night, so we do need heating. Geoff mentioned 'free prescriptions' - we have to pay 10% of the cost our prescriptions, even as pensioners, up to a 'cap' of €18.50 a month. I've signed the petition! :D
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Postby Dave » 12 Jun 2019 12:58

I agree that paying NI and tax throughout ones working life should result in the promised benefits. But wasn't the free TV licence in question introduced in the year 2000? And I've still not heard anything about free bus passes being taken away... :think:
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Re: Seniors' TV and Bus travel

Postby Camela » 12 Jun 2019 17:44

I agree about the bus passes but think it is a pre-emptive exercise as their removal is often mooted.
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