Concessionary Fares project

Future Years,  the Yorkshire and Humber Forum on Ageing in partnership with Hull University has launched a national survey to gather the views of older people about concessionary fares and what having a bus pass means to them.A national concessionary fares scheme was introduced in 2008 and all local authorities were required to bring in this scheme which allowed older people and some others with a bus pass to travel free from 9.30am. Smaller subsidies for public bus services means that despite an ever increasing number of older people who are entitled to a bus pass, there is a reduction in the number of buses or no public bus services at all for the older people to use their bus pass.In many areas where public bus services are not sustainable, regardless of the amount of subsidy, because of very low population numbers; community bus services using volunteer drivers have been organised.  Local authorities use their discretion to allow the use of bus passes on this form of transport; however the majority have insufficient funding to allow older people free travel. The older person has to pay an annual subscription and is charged a fare for Community Transport.Grants to bus operators are calculated on the number of kilometres travelled and the litres of petrol/diesel used.  Guidelines are issued to local authorities on how much bus operators should be reimbursed for bus pass use and this varies from council to council. In one authority 42% of the costs are reimbursed to the operator.  The operator is expected to make up the difference through full fare paying passengers, but where the numbers of the population are low, there are not enough fare paying passenger to enable a bus operator to financially sustain the service.With the Campaign to End Loneliness gathering momentum, Future Years considers that public or community transport is a key factor in tackling isolation and loneliness. Without it many older people would never get out to see friends and relatives.  Anything which reduces the effects of loneliness on a person’s health is vital if we are to support older people remaining in the community in their own homes.  In 2027 there will be one million in their nineties and 40,000 centenarians.

The aim of the survey using a questionnaire is to engage with older people and gather their views and comments about the social value of having a bus pass and in what way it helps an individual to lead an independent and fulfilling live.

All nine regions in England are supporting this survey and using their databases to cascade the survey  to as many older people as possible, the aim of which is to capture  evidence of what value older people place on  the opportunity to live truly independent and contented life.  Please help an older neighbour access the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Future_Years

Concessionary Fares project

Future Years,  the Yorkshire and Humber Forum on Ageing in partnership with Hull University has launched a national survey to gather the views of older people about concessionary fares and what having a bus pass means to them.

A national concessionary fares scheme was introduced in 2008 and all local authorities were required to bring in this scheme which allowed older people and some others with a bus pass to travel free from 9.30am.

Smaller subsidies for public bus services means that despite an ever increasing number of older people who are entitled to a bus pass, there is a reduction in the number of buses or no public bus services at all for the older people to use their bus pass.

In many areas where public bus services are not sustainable, regardless of the amount of subsidy, because of very low population numbers; community bus services using volunteer drivers have been organised.  Local authorities use their discretion to allow the use of bus passes on this form of transport; however the majority have insufficient funding to allow older people free travel. The older person has to pay an annual subscription and is charged a fare for Community Transport.

Grants to bus operators are calculated on the number of kilometres travelled and the litres of petrol/diesel used.  Guidelines are issued to local authorities on how much bus operators should be reimbursed for bus pass use and this varies from council to council. In one authority 42% of the costs are reimbursed to the operator.  The operator is expected to make up the difference through full fare paying passengers, but where the numbers of the population are low, there are not enough fare paying passenger to enable a bus operator to financially sustain the service.

With the Campaign to End Loneliness gathering momentum, Future Years considers that public or community transport is a key factor in tackling isolation and loneliness. Without it many older people would never get out to see friends and relatives.  Anything which reduces the effects of loneliness on a person’s health is vital if we are to support older people remaining in the community in their own homes.  In 2027 there will be one million in their nineties and 40,000 centenarians.

The aim of the survey using a questionnaire is to engage with older people and gather their views and comments about the social value of having a bus pass and in what way it helps an individual to lead an independent and fulfilling live.

All nine regions in England are supporting this survey and using their databases to cascade the survey  to as many older people as possible, the aim of which is to capture  evidence of what value older people place on  the opportunity to live truly independent and contented life.  Please help an older neighbour access the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Future_Years

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