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Free Bus Passes

Asked if the Prime Minister was contemplating reneging on his election policy to protect free bus passes, the PMS said no.

Put that there had been a claim that one of the options the Department for Transport suggested was speeding up the change of age at which people could get their free bus pass, the PMS said that the position was set out in the coalition agreement; we would protect free buss passes for older people. We would not get into speculation – there was already a plan under the previous government to equalise the age to sixty-five; that would be a phased process and would come in 2020.

Asked if the free bus pass would be means tested, the PMS said that there was no suggestion that they would be means tested; the department needed to look at ways of improving the efficiency and administration of this kind of scheme, but means testing was not consistent with that.

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