This Blog provides free and impartial information/advice on bus passes for older people and disabled people in the UK, and also highlights other issues affecting older people and disabled people.
The information and advice on bus passes comes under various names, including Freedom passes, NOW cards, Metro Passes.
We include the schemes which fall under the “English National Concession Ticket Scheme” (ENCTS), The Welsh Government Concessionary Travel scheme, The National Entitlement Card in Scotland, and The Senior SmartPass in Northern Ireland. We also give information on schemes which offer similar benefits aimed at those aged 60 and over who haven’t yet reached the minimum qualifying age – e.g. in Merseyside and London, and include information on benefits where they are offered in various counties in addition to the bus pass benefits of the national schemes, e.g train, tube, ferry services, and travel times allowed outside the off peak time limitations.
In focusing on bus pass and other issues affecting Pensioners and Disabled people we draw on reports in newspapers, TV and other media, plus issues which concern our website visitors and ourselves.
Please go to our News Headlines pages to view our most recent news items, and access all of the posts we have made. Our ‘Where to apply’ pages which many people find very useful. You’ll find there links direct to your own local authority webpage where application forms are found (not always easy to track down in some council websites!), and details of where to send them. You will usually find details of the services on which you can use your pass, and the times of day. These times sometimes differ from the standard ’9.30 am – 11pm Monday to Friday, and anytime Saturday and Sunday’ and in some areas train and ferry services are also usable with a local bus pass. Many of these variations from the standard can be found on our ‘Local Variations’ page. For disabled people there’s information on the definition of disabled for a disabled bus pass.
We are an unofficial website and have built up knowledge on what is happening in the the UK in these issues, and often take up issues raised by our website visitors with local authorities etc.