Posted by: westlancashirerecord | April 15, 2018

Free Travel? Under 25? Why Not

Readers of a certain age will recall the appalling treatment the then Tory WLBC dished out to elderly and disabled residents in 2011 with the termination of the travel concession, often used with specialist provider Dial-a-Ride, and the introduction of the bus pass with no bus with the facility to take on board a wheelchair. And so we entered the WLBC era of social exclusion for the elderly and disabled.

On Thursday, the Labour Party announced a new policy to give free bus travel to people under 25. The City AM website reported that “The move, which would help 13 million young people save up to £1,000 a year and will be paid for using money ring-fenced from Vehicle Excise Duty, has been attacked for failing to take into account earnings while potentially costing taxpayers additional money.”

“Bus subsidies already run into the billions, costing each household £80 a year. Why on earth should 25 year old taxpayers on minimum wage subsidise 24 year-old bankers to nip between meetings and lunches in the City?”.

Err…why should pensioners subsidise those young bankers too? If the proposal is to buy votes of the young it will probably sell the votes of the pensioners . We are all paying £80 a year bus subsidy, we might just as well keep it and pay for taxis instead!

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