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OLDER PEOPLE AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES GET THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY

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Older people and people with disabilities continue to benefit from a free travel scheme funded by London's 33 borou...
Older people and people with disabilities continue to benefit from a free travel scheme funded by London's 33 boroughs.

The Freedom Pass, re-launched today by the Association of London Government, is supported by a cash injection of a£155m from London's boroughs. All older people and those disabled people with sight and physical impairment get the freedom to travel for free on London's bus, rail, underground and tram services. The Freedom Pass is the largest and most comprehensive concessionary travel scheme run in Britain. Currently nearly a million people enjoy the benefit of free travel across the capital.

ALG chair Robin Wales said: 'We are pleased that the£155m from London's boroughs will allow older Londoners and people with disabilities the freedom to shop, work and visit family and friends for free on London's transport network. Boroughs are committed to improving the quality of life for all members of the local community. This is just one of the many ways in which London's local councils make life better.'

Nick Dolezal, chair of ALG transport and environment committee said: 'We are delighted that last year nearly a million Londoners benefited from the Freedom Pass. Our aim is to increase the number of subscribers this year as a part of the boroughs' strategy to encourage people out of their cars. This will ease traffic congestion on London's street and improve the quality of air we breathe.'

People with disabilities interested in applying for the Freedom Pass or renewing their existing pass are asked to contact their local social services department in their borough.

Older people may be able to apply for a pass at their local post office unless they live in the following boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Bromley, Haringey, Havering, Richmond upon Thames or Wandsworth in which case they should also apply through their borough social services department.

Existing Freedom Pass holders should also apply to renew their passes during February, before they expire later in the spring.

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The Freedom Pass is valid for 2 years (14 months).

Men over 65 and women over 60 as well as anyone who is sight impaired or has disabilities are eligible for the scheme.

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