This Blog focuses on issues affecting older and disabled people, with an emphasis on bus passes.
The aim in our blog is to provide a focus 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. Bus Passes include Freedom Passes, Metro Passes, “English National Concession Ticket Scheme” (ENCTS), NOWcard, NCTP – whatever they are called locally. Issues covered include pensions, benefits, taxation, health services, transport services, bus and train fares.
Please go to our In the news concerning pensioners and the disabled page 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.
We also offer the thoughts of Fred n Ted in videos prepared especially for this website.
We recommend these videos, commentary and sound effects of bus pass journeys in Somerset by Geoff Hale: