WHEN can I get a bus pass?

At what age do I qualify for a bus pass?

(Different ages apply in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland – see below)

In England

the age for a bus pass is the same date you qualify for the State Pension.

Bus Pass Refusal
(But see details of local schemes in London and Merseyside)

To check your eligibility click here

If you live in Scotland,Wales or Northern Ireland you qualify when you turn 60 years old.

If you live in London you can apply for an Oyster Card at age 60. (Only usable in the London area)

Passes issued in England, Scotland,Wales or Northern Ireland are only usable within the country of issue (e.g. passes issued in Scotland are only usable in Scotland)

150 thoughts on “WHEN can I get a bus pass?

  1. margaret gray

    London is in England,Wales is in England,Northern Ireland is supposed to come under England. So why do we not get a bus pass at 60?

  2. Soozie Campbell

    I had no idea England was being penalised on bus passes. How is that justified? We are not all stinking rich –
    only some of us. And we have paid our taxes just like the Scots, Welsh and Irish. I’ve even paid taxes in Scotland and I am officially Irish…just happen to live in England but don’t earn more than your average Scott.

    We all need to talk to our local MPs guys and get this rectified!!!

  3. Dawn

    I think it’s bad making old people , work longer. To keep younger on the streets who are not working,. I told a employees to orders coffins in because one by one we will be droping down dead on the company floor not good .plus when you get to old you come un safe and danger to others .they should let you retire at the right age and enjoy what life you got left

  4. Cris Reynolds

    I am disgusted that again living 15 miles outside of London I am penalised and have to wait until 66/67 to get a bus pass. Born March 1956 I wait longer for State Pension, Bus Pass and all I get is free prescriptions. Thankfully I have not had a prescription for over 5 years now!

    By the time I am 66 I don’t expect bus passes will be available! Very Poor!

  5. Dave

    How unfair is it living in England my brother is 65 this year and he as had a bus pass from 60 i am 62 but will have to wait till I’m 66 before I can apply for mine and my state pension. Yet in Scotland and wales it’s 60 why have these changes been applied to the people of England only. We are being robbed

  6. Jan

    If you live in Wales you can get a bus from Wales into England on a bus pass at the age of 60. I know that people travel from Abergavenny into Hereford for nothing with their bus pass and they are younger than me and I am 62. How the hell is that fair. By the time I retire I would have been working 50 years!!!!!
    This makes me so mad.

  7. Paul Anghinetti

    Men have always had to wait until 65/66
    before becoming eligible for State Retirement Pension and so now we live in this age of equal opportunity, equal rights and all that sort of thing it’s no good women moaning about the age increase for them….they can’t pick and chose what suits them best.

  8. sue mansfield

    Well that tops the lot ,i now find i can,t get my buspass till i,m 66. Just keep moving the goal post and paying out everything to all these people who have never worked or ever will. why do we bother.

  9. Paul Pittaway

    Apart from being very unfair that getting a bus pass after the age of 60 depends on where you live. It makes no financial or environmental sense. Buses are not fully utilised during the working day – therefore it would cost ‘nothing’ to allow a pensioner take up an unoccupied seat. And it could also reduce pollution, if pensioner does not use a car but uses a bus instead (assuming they have access to a car).

  10. Jayesh Gandhi

    is united kingdom one country or its divided in to four separate land where rules are different i don’t understand what uk stands for

  11. paul fletcher

    i think its discusting that we english cant get free bus pass when we are 60 like scots welsh and irish. i thought it was called united kingdom

  12. Julie

    The person /persons, who. Took. Away. Our. Pensions and bus passes, shall repent in another life, Julie in Torquay

  13. Don

    Just another example of how the English have to pay for the benefits of Londoners, Scots and Welsh who can access bus passes age 60

  14. Jan

    Born February 1956 I’m 60 now and I have to wait till I’m 66 before I can get my bus pass and my pension I don’t drive anymore and I live in a small village busses only run three days a week which is hard enough so limited busses run on them days it costs £5 return on the bus plus if I need to travel between city or towns it costs me a lot plus I travel to Norwich as I have family there and have to get 2 busses to get to the railway station then get busses to my destinations at least having a senior railcard helps towards the cost of my tickets there must be a lot of people like me in the in the same situation London and other places have them so why cant all areas have them once you reach he age of 60.

  15. Fred Robson

    It might not take away your ire, but the Merseyside passes are only useable in Merseyside, unlike the passes available at the higher age which are useable throughout England. The theory is that the ratepayers of Merseyside have decided to pay for the earlier passes, and it is much the same in Scotland & Wales. (But please don’t shoot the messenger – I didn’t think this situation up !)

  16. Christine lunn

    Could somebody in authority please explain why people over 60 in Ireland Scotland Wales London and Merseyside are given buspasses but the rest of us have to wait till until 65. Wrong!

  17. Eve

    Why is England left out and has to be 63 before you can get bus pass and Scotland Wales northern Ireland its 60 I believe that Wales and Scotland are part of the United kingdom so it’s should all be the same so make it all equal as this is prejudiced leaving England out

    Many thanks

  18. angela

    I cannot believe it depends on where u live as to wether u get a bus pass or not .i would love a free pass I had to pay £12.60 last week to get to work as my knees hurt and I could not ride my bike.this government does not care.i have to take painkillers.sometimes I wonder if it was worth working and I wonder if I will be in a wheelchair before I will get my knees done.now my hips are hurting as well.good news though as least I can get cheap swimming now.but alas no bus pass for 5years then ill be 66 lol

  19. Charlotte

    So cross that I have to wait until I am 66 to claim my State pension and my bus passtop. Would like to use my car less frequently from a practical and environmental view. The government are stealing my money that I have paid for this privilege.

  20. mick

    Has bus pass age been changed ?
    I looked into this last month and it said I could apply one month before my 62nd birthday.
    Birth date 14/09/1954.
    Now it looks like I have to wait until 2020.

  21. Annoyed

    I am fuming!!! I know at least 6 woman who all have their own cars (not fuming about that) but very rarely take buses if at all yet they have a free bus pass. I was 62 this month. I catch a bus from Poole Bus Station to Dorchester Road quite often. This costs me £2 30 I am told that it includes 70p as the second bus stop on Dorchester Road is regarded as Canford Heath! May I point out that the next stop after I get off is actually Oakdale Road therefore it is Oakdale not Canford Heath . Who makes these ridiculous decisions how can this be justified? Then to top it all I have a 10 minute walk uphill with heavy shopping as there is no alternative bus. And whilst I whilst I’m having a rant I’m not eligible for my state pension until I’m May 2020.
    Totally unacceptable.

  22. admin Post author

    Short answer ‘no’ – English bus passes can be used throughout England only, similar for Scotland and Wales passes

  23. David Frost

    I am visiting Scotland on holiday, can I use my English bus pass on local buses in Scotland

  24. Graham

    Why do people in london get bus pass at 60 yet others have to wait until pension age?

  25. JayPer

    Here’s a link to my local council’s site, giving “Eligibility for Concessionary Fares based on the equalisation of State Pension Age”.

    So men can claim a bus pass at the same age as a woman born at the same time, and don’t have to wait for pension age. I am assuming this is true across England, but worth checking with your local council in case I am wrong.

    [scroll down to find table of dates]

  26. peter clegg

    my wife receives a full state pension..and receives a pension credit for my.this being the only money we have coming into the house…we do not have any savings….when could I apply for a bus pass….thank you

  27. admin Post author

    6 September 1953 – 5 October 1953 Women 06-Mar-18 Men Age 65
    6 October 1953 – 5 November 1953 Women 06-Jul-18 Men Age 65


    I live in spain and have been claming a small uk pension from the age of 60. Can I claim a bus pass if I don’t have a uk address? DOB 17/ 07 / 1951

    Many thanks in advance.

    S. Martinez.

  29. Sylvia Tilley

    It’s so unfair I’m 61 this year and have to wait until i’m 66 for my pension and now also for my bus pass
    The only thing is I get free prescriptions. It’s not right we live in the country so if I can’t drive it’s either walk or catch a bus and the bus times are only every 1 hour and then stop quite early in the evenings.

  30. colin

    I live on the fringe of merseyside in Cheshire 100 yards from the border I work in Liverpool I can’t get a bus pass until I am 66 yet all my workmates get theirs at 60 maybe I should move

  31. Peter Ashford

    I think this Bus pass anomaly is disgusting, typical english dis respect for its citizens, unless of course you live in London. I think this ruling should be challenged in the EU courts ( before we exit )
    When you think of the cost its negligible compared with the overall budget

  32. M. Davis

    My friend in london told me she gets free bus and rail travel, and that I should apply, I’m six months younger and nearly 62. I have just found out in Poole Dorset this does not apply. I have till 2017 to wait and that’s just for a bus pass. You only qualify for free rail if your a londoner. This is so wrong, surely everyone in the UK is equal. It appears not. This should be challenged in law.

  33. Rob

    This government stinks
    All my pal have got their heating Allowance Im told I have to wait till Im 66 which I don,t understand as Im eligble to retire at 65 why the discrepancy ?

  34. Robert Harman

    I am 62 in December and I have been told that I cannot apply for a Bus Pass until 16 December 2019 even though I served my country from the age of 15 yr. I was old enough to fight for the Government but I still cant have a Bus Pass. If I lived in London I would have one now so what’s the difference

  35. steven hassall

    the torys have always been the same, as long as they are getting what they want, they are not bothered about any body else.

  36. fred jones

    This is NOTHING TO DO with the existing tory government.
    This dates back to the Tony Blair days when extra perks were given to the Welsh/Scots to keep them sweet and voting Labour. Yes this Tory Government has not done anything to change this.
    The English are expected to pay for everything provided free in Scotland/Wales, yes its unfair and English discrimination, complain to your MP, if you have a Labour one they will have voted this through years ago, but GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT.

  37. Christine Parkes

    After working full time for 40 years I retired early at 55 due to having osteoarthritis. Luckily I was able to start drawing my works pension at a reduced rate. I will be 60 in 2 weeks but will have to wait another 6 years before I get my government pension and free bus pass. I see that if you live in Wales or Scotland you get a bus pass at 60 still, how come? Surely this is discrimination. Is there anything us over 60’s in England can do about this.

  38. Alan Smith

    I am a man and live in Broxbourne Hertfordshire when I reached 60 I went in to try and get a bus pass and was told the rules had changed and that I wouldn’t be eligible till 6 November 2015 ie when I was 62 nearly 63. Today I went in to make my application ready for November and I am being told that I now have to wait until January 2018 when I reach 65 what’s going on why aren’t we being kept up to date when you change the goal posts. This is a scandle when did you again move the goal post by the time I’m 65 will you have done away with them all together. perhaps this is what you are delaying for.

  39. BJ

    Nothing anybody does will sway this government to do anything about buss passes or pension dates. They don’t care. Anyone who reaches 60 in the last 2 years will have been dismayed at the sheer discrimination we have had to put up with, most ready for retirement then bank with no real warning everything was taken away. I am 61 and still have many years to go before I can draw my pension. My husband gets his next year, meaning I will have to continue to work when we were looking forward to time together after both working many years, he mostly away from home, because that is where the work was. Well thank you The Goverment. Perhaps I can seek refuge somewhere else and get a home etc.

  40. shirley cassidy

    I think it its totally unfair that everyone in Britain is not treated the same’. Why are the Government allowed to get away with it. SHAME ON THEM.
    I had to wait 18 months over the age of sixty and was not happy. Feel sorry for those folk waiting much longer.
    Thank god I got mine now as I need to go up at least three times a week to help my mum with care for my father who had a disabling stroke. Luckly I usually get a lift. But when getting bus back and forward about eight buses a
    day. None of us are getting any younger. Bring the free bus pass back to 60….!

  41. shirley cassidy

    It not right that there is selective entitlement to free bus passes? It should be the same all over Britain.
    I got mine at 61 and half.and was not happy. I feel so sorry for those folk having to wait a lot longer. Especially those like myself who don’t drive.
    The government need to put this right and make it he same to all. Shame on them.

  42. Lucy

    Hello, I am entitled to my state pension and bus pass this year on 6th September, do I have to apply earlier for my bus pass so that it is ready for use on the 6th? If so, how early please?, Thanks.

  43. Susan Lake

    Thank god l got free prescriptions at 60 for my antidepressant tablets. I will probably be on them for the rest of my life. I haven’t been able to claim for anything else because the government keep changing the goal post hoping we all die before making any claims that we were originally entitled too. This is so wrong.

  44. Sue

    Its all annoying when you have paid all your life into the system, amd then some illegal immigrant will come into this country and steel everything that you could have had… what’s it all about? surely this isn’t right?

  45. Malc


  46. Stephen Claridge

    Thought I would check what date I could apply for bus pass. Birthday in October when I am 62, have now found out that I cannot claim it until 2018 when I am 65. I live in Birmingham (Big City). London, Liverpool, Scotland and Wales all have passes at 62 . Perhaps the so called caring Government (Awarded a 10% pay increase) could explain when Birmingham became a different Country.

  47. Arbab

    I’ll get get pension credit next September , my wife 49 years old she isn’t working can. She get free pass Regards

  48. David Templeton

    I have just checked and I have to wait until 2024 when I am 66 to get my pension and free bus pass so I stick it up to all those who voted the torie’s in, this country is suppose to be Great Britain but how can it be because it is divided into three section’s Scottish, Welsh and English how can this be and they all have different rule’s yet the same government

  49. Carol

    I am so annoyed I am 61 and worked all my life yet cannot get a bus pass. Now not working as Local government decided I could ‘go’. So unfair as a colleague of mine although I would not wish to have her ill health actually got a bus pass at 50!!!! what the hell is this government playing at? pleased to say I did not vote the current government in but hope they look at this and do something to change it/ cant get pension and no way a bus pass. Friend in Wales cant believe how long I now have to wait as she has had her pass for 3 years and it gives her so much freedom. why should I and many others be so victimised when we have worked hard all our lives.

  50. Leslie Stairs

    I retired at 55 but will be unable to have a bus pass or stse pension until I am 66. I appreciate you have rules for stse pension but why do some areas offer bus passes at 60 including Scotland and Wales. Being English certainly doesn’t pay!

  51. Roy

    Not happy, just logged in to get my bus pass at 62 can’t get my bus pass until i’m 64 this is discrimination and should taken the the EU court of law, we all pay our taxes to the same government yet the English are penalised with the date we can receive our bus pas why do we have to suffer, in Scotland and Wales they get it at 60 why are the English discriminated against? it’s not fair and it’s not politically correct. it’s time this was challenged in court.

  52. admin Post author

    Hi Joyce – aren’t you lucky living in Wales, you only have to wait until you reach age 60 to get a bus pass. If you move to England you’d have to wait about 6 years on top of that.

  53. admin Post author

    State Pension calculator
    You reached State Pension age on 1 January 2004.

    You qualify for a bus pass on the same date as you qualify for State Pension. I’ve put a date of birth of 1 Jan 1944 in and get the following response:

    Your State Pension age was 60 years.

    You should have got your pension claim pack before you reached your State Pension age.

    Contact the Pension Service on 0800 731 7898 FREE if you haven’t received it.

    If you wish to check with your correct date of birth, go to this page:


    You can find where to apply for a bus pass by going to our Where to Apply’ page and finding details for Hampshire

  54. ellie

    Hi, I am 61 years of age and live in Southampton. I have taken early retirement but I get some of my husbands state pension (documemnted). Will I qualify for an early pass

  55. Gurmit Athwal

    I Live out side UK can I get bus pass because my parent are 90+ need my attention .
    Thank you

  56. Genie

    Having received my bus pass at age 60 …and also my sister just got hers in London…I advised a friend she was entitled to hers. Now find I’m embarrassed having given her the wrong information as she lives in Yorkshire. Why is there such a discrepancy? Why are people entitled in London and Merseyside? Special people?

  57. admin Post author

    We can’t advise you properly unless you tell us where you live (town, County) – rules differ in different places in UK.

  58. linda

    I will be 60 next Jan 2016 can I get my bus pass am out of work at moment and have a heart condition an d a bad. knee I really need my bus pass also bus fairs keep going up and I use the busses a lot to go to town to look for work please let me know

  59. margaret swenson

    what can I do to further your cause of the unfairness of not getting free bus pass in England at 60 like we Scots and Welsh do. This is wrong, wrong, wrong, We are all British. Angry Scot.

  60. margaret swenson

    I am shocked to find out that England is not giving free bus passes at 60 like it does to Scotland (I am Scottish) and Wales. I have the good fortune to be Scottish but residing in wales now. It is totally wrong not to give English the same as Scotland and Wales a free bus pass automatically at 60. wrong, wrong, wrong. I have an English friend who turns 60 this july who cannot claim free bus pass till quite a few years from now who cannot retire because she cant afford to and working in extreme pain from arthritis (in the nhs. of all places) and to add insult to injury so to speak ,cant even get a free bus pass to work. I will gladly join all of you in England in getting up a petition to fight this. It is discrimination at the highest level. By the way I would not have voted to break up the Union had I still been living in Scotland last year ( when I moved to Wales a few months before.) I am Scottish and proud to be but also British. We should all be equal in the British Isles. This is not fair for all of you in England. Please someone let me know what I can do to further your cause. An Angry Scotsman!!!!!!!!.

  61. admin Post author

    You’ll reach State Pension age on 28 December 2017 and this is also the date you qiualify for a bus pass. BUT if you love in Scotland or Wales, or Mereyside or London you can get a local buss from age 60.

  62. admin Post author

    This can only be answered if you give your date of birth and where you live (city,county, not full address)

  63. Yvonne Friday

    I agree we you if we lived in other parts of the country we would have our bus pass. Having worked most of my life I know have to wait tell I’m 66 to retire. I work as a chef in a kitchen and I don’t think I can carry the very heavy saucepans around much longer let a loan do the hours running around the kitchen.

  64. Mr Franci William Kelly

    Please can you confirm if I can apply for my Buss Pass, I was born on the 28th December 1952.

  65. shirley cook

    Well I know that I now have to wait until I am 65 plus to get my state pension, free bus pass and heating allowance . That is bad enough but I just found out that some people do get a free bus pass at age 60, ie some areas like Merseyside. Now I am very angry. This is so unfair.
    The Torys will not be getting my vote now.

  66. christine keen

    for All you fellow people like me who now has to work a further 6 years before you can claim my state pension, please sign the petition http://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/statepensionlaw the last figures were over 57,000. and growing, the more people who sign this the bigger chance of getting it reversed. there are 6 million woman who this affects the most please take the time to sign

  67. H johnson

    You can all make a difference by signing the petition just google 38 degrees campaingns by you into the search.
    Can you imagine any other european country rolling over and allowing this . Total discrimiation a word that the european union is very fond of !

  68. elaine

    I am the same my pension was stopped at 60,its not fair,was it the conservatives who brought this in….they won’t be getting my vote,that’s for sure,this should be challenged,

  69. Vicki Knight

    I am very sad and upset that the wastage of our countries funds has led to individuals who have worked all their lives and paid fully into the system , who are now tired and ready for a rest are being driven to work longer when we are led to believe there are young, bursting with energy members of our wonderful country wanting to work.
    Why aren’t the Government putting a strategy plan to make all of the above in a better working structure The mature workers training the less experienced in specialised working opportunities. It would make working till I am nearly 66 (Born July 1954) a little less stressful if it was phased by training younger qualified to step into my role. Working the long days as I am may lead to me not even reaching the pension age, which probably is the plan. I could have shared my experiences. If individuals are still working in their later years this time could be used to train and support the young. They would have a better less stressed start and the mature worker a less stressed end with a least some time left for life

  70. Anne B

    i am 60 this year but not receive my pension until 66 that is bad enough and I can understand making women the same age to receive their pension which would have been 65 but the government have pushed this further making it a sliding scale and also the other parts of the uk Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland still get there’s at 60. This is blatant discrimination as the government are always banging on about discrimination in any other area we should take a stand on this is it even legal any body out there know?

  71. Mrigank Jain

    My old age parents are visiting London. My father is aged 73 and mother 71. They are from India. Are they eligible for free/concessional pass?

  72. stephen stride

    when i turned 60 i was told i wont get my bus pass till i was 62 now im 62 i wont get bus pass till 6 days before im 63. some one make sense of this please and tell every one when they get a bus pass and the heating allowance so we all know and stop giving aid to third world countrys that hate us as long as you give them aid they will never help them selves

  73. Geoff

    The answer to gaining a free bus pass is quite simple, either move to an area that issues them (at age 60) or vote for a Party that will honor the agreement. I know that sounds provocative but what else can we do? The reason that these other areas have them, at age 60, is purely for votes. I am not legally astute but can you imagine the following scenarios – well sir you are black so you cannot have a bus pass, sorry madam you are a christian so you do not qualify and there are many others that you could easily put in their place. Can you then imagine the follow up, but sir and madam if you move to Merseyside or Wales or Scotland you can have one. There would be an uproar and quite rightly so. The organisation making any of those statements would be taken straight before the courts and severely punished. This is age discrimination and it should and must be challenged. The government and councils may argue that it is up to local authorities how they run things but how can you have such blatant discrimination against a particular group of often vulnerable people based on your postcode? For the record, I am quite lucky, I am very active and receive a military pension and am fortunate to have a car but many of my friends and colleagues are not so fortunate and we must fight for them. Remember this, politicians don’t really care about you and me, they only want your vote. If they really cared they would be challenging this anomaly but I have not seen or heard them doing this. Nelson Mandela was considered a terrorist who fought for against injustice and discrimination and was jailed for 25 years; however, he was eventually recognised as a brilliant statesman who had rightly highlighted discrimination against his fellow human beings. We need to get the politicians to get this sorted and sooner rather than later.

  74. Tom Moody

    Interesting reading KA in that his/her anger has apparently been deflected from the (toff) politicians who make such decisions, to some, largely mythical “scrounger nicked my entitlement”, figure.
    Well done the Mail, Telegraph, Sun et al for their perpetual misinformation.
    And well done all you ragged trousered philanthropists that have put the toffs back in charge (not that there’s much choice).

  75. Anne Whittaker

    I will be 61 in June 2015, suffer scoliosis, osteoporosis and arthritis I have never claimed a penny and am still working, to walk to work is 45 minutes now I cant get a bus pass till 2020, this isn’t fair, Scotland and Wales get tit at 60 why can’t we, I cant walk that far without resting and bus fares are expensive..at this rate I will be dead before I get my pension or bus pass

  76. linda

    I am 60 next year and totally disgusted I will not receive my pension or bus pass till I’m 66 I worked from 15 years old, and suffer osteoarthritis and high blood pressure, this should be challenged as so many people are losing out thanks to this government!!!!

  77. Lesley

    It’s just not fair that we have to wait till we are 66 and yet Wales Scotland and Ireland all belong to United Kingdom and get it at 60 and admin rubbing the point home time and time again on here that if we lived in either of them places we would be eligible at 60 it so not fair I have worked since I was 15 and will be 60 next month why can’t we retire and let the younger people have the jobs they so desperately need its a shame we all can’t get together and March to Downing st and hand a petition in against it

  78. Steve Williams

    I have worked in this country all my life . We are supposed to be a United Kingdom, yet all of our subjects have to conform to different rules and regulations, dependent upon what part of the KINGDOM they live in . This is high lighted by the diversity in rules for both the ‘Bus Pass’ age , and the age at which fuel payments are awarded. It is this governments contention that its population are living for longer. From this somewhat debatable generalisation, they make the following dubious assumptions:
    People will not get cold until they’re 65
    People may need their free bus pass on any date we decide upon between 60 and 65
    People who are living longer, are in rude health and can work until 67.

    I remember words such as ‘Loyalty’ and ‘Commitment’ , which would be rewarded if one paid his/her dues during the course of a working life. These days , as the population increases through immigration and rampant child birth, those words have been replaced with a new one ‘Entitlement’ It seems that this word is more powerful, and encompasses all and any person who pops into the UK and does a days work. What happened to the decades of N.I. contributions and taxes paid by the hard working and long suffering indigenous population of this country . We are a country of long suffering fools, who lie back and think of ‘yesterdays’ England .

  79. Christine

    Just cannot belive what this county are doing to us elderly we won’t be getting our bus passes unti we get our pension!! Maybe move to Wales or Scotland .

  80. Rose

    I have worked all my life and am still working. 5 days a week I walk 35 minutes to work and 35 minutes home as I cannot afford to pay bus fares. I was 60 in October and am very depressed and upset to find that I will have to continue walking to work and back until I am 66 when I can get a bus pass.
    Maybe I should have claimed benefits all my life so I could afford to get taxis to the supermarket and spend most afternoons at the bingo or drinking in the club!!!

  81. mrs y

    i am 62 and 4 months have only just received my bus pass i have worked all my life and was advised last year i did not qualify for the heating allowance but i would this year hey low and behold ive missed out by 12 days so will not get till i am over 63. why is that wales and i think scotland to not have to pay for prescriptions and also get there bus pass earlier it should be as we are all part of the united kingdom everyone should be paying for prescriptions and we should all be allowed our bus pass at 60 ans i bet in wales and scotland they get there fuel allowance before us a well it is a disgrace we should not be subsidicing wales scotland or ireland for anything . It is about time the people of this country were treated fairely.

  82. Stuart

    I have just turned 60 and was very dissapointed to discover that I now have to wait until I’m 66 before I get a free bus pass.

  83. Robert Bailey

    it seems England look after the wrong people i.ve worked over 45 years to find I now have to work till i’m 66 they want young kids in work yet put more time on me they can have my job think it best I was not British……………

  84. Marion

    Marion. Well is it discrimination London and merseyside and Ireland and wales get it at 60 but no because of this government and we are English we have to work and get the benefits when we drop dead so they don’t have to pay you anything,I will be 60 on the 29th January missed out again.

  85. K A

    I have paid full stamp since I was 16, I have now 2014 just turned 60. I planned to retire from the NHS at 60 using my state pension to make up my work pension – thats not happened. I was told that when I turned 60 I would not have to pay national insurance anymore (already paid 44 year’s) – thats now been stopped. I will be 65 & 7 month’s when I finally get my state pension now I find out I wont get my bus pass until I am 66. This is a poor reward for more than 44 years working life.
    What I should have done in hindsight is – leave school without an education, get a council flat, have many children to different fathers and be rewarded with free prescriptions travel assistance bendfits free nursing home care etc etc its about time things changed. The only reason I am not getting my pension free bus pass etc etc is so that people who cannot be bothered to do an honest days work can keep having their benefits paid.

  86. admin Post author

    I hate to mention this but according to the information we have those born 6th July 1954 to 5th August 1954 qualify on 06-May-20 i.e. when you are approaching your 66th birthday.

    We are getting a lot of comments like this where people are disgusted to find that they’ll have to it so much longer.

  87. patricia hannafin

    I was 60 on the 22 July 2014, and now I’ve found out that I won’t get my pension and bus pass until I’m 64 years and a few months!. As I can not drive, I walk everywhere, as the bus fares are quite high where I live.
    I thought that at my age, I would get something back, but, it seems not so, how unfair!.

  88. mary

    My husband died in 2008 aged 60. I will be 60 tomorrow . I do not have a car and walk a lot. It is difficult to walk to many places because of car oriented road systems that are dangerous for pedestrians. I can claim no benefits as have savings. . I have auto immune problems as well which affect my skin so cannot work in food environments. My feet are also affected hence the walking so as not to lose the ability to walk I prudently bought solar panels several years ago and they help to keep my head above water. I am half Scottish and if I lived in Scotland would be entitled to a bus pass but instead have to wait until l am almost 66 Not very fair is it?

  89. john

    I have work all life serve in two of the armed forces now I find I can not get my free travel pass as I was 60 in February this year If I lived in Wales Scotland or N I reland I would get one at 60. I find it disgusting to say the least

  90. Ms Pearce

    I made plans for retirement sensibly 12 years ago I think its a DISGRACE that woman born in1954 have had their lives ruined by this government.No state pension till im 66 and now have to pay full bus fares for another 6 YEARS.Suffering ill health so on ESA so dont qualify for half price job seekers bus help.SO cant travel to shops or friends just sit in a flat.I agree with another post this needs to be challenge.So unfair I started work at 15 and feel tired now.

  91. jude

    i feel as i get older i am 60 next february that we become a burden on society. when i was young the elderly were respected and helped to live a trouble free life for the rest of their years now all we have is stress.

  92. MRS A B

    bus passes for 60 yr old women

    why are we penalised in getting a bus pass.when scotland,wales and northern ireland can..also london..is this not a case for human rights,,i have worked since the age of 15 never received any benefits,always worked,you have taken my pension away and now i cant have a bus pass..not happy,so i feel that this should be challenged

  93. ms marion gaskin

    why do i not get my buss pass untill 2016 when im sixty this month i think this is disgusting way to treat older people that have worked all their lives and had to give up due to ill health especially as i live outside of town an have to rely on my family for all my shopping needs yours ms m gaskin

  94. Dita

    I will be 60 this coming september, I live in london ,Can I apply for the Bus pass in september and what are theyre requirements; where shall I apply. Thank youfor your help!!!

  95. admin Post author

    The local governments of London ,Merseyside, Scotland and Wales have decided they will put extra resources in to fund bus passes from age 60. In London and Merseyside they have also decided to include free local rail/tube travel and meet the cost.

  96. Keith Simpson

    Why is there age discrimination regarding eligibility for a bus pass if you do not live in London or Mersyside, Scotland and Wales?

  97. Linda Hutt

    I was 60 in February 2012 and live in Coventry and would like to know what age I can apply for a bus pass please. Thank you.

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