Free bus pass: How your entitlement could be affected by the State Pension age change

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Free bus pass: How your entitlement could be affected by the State Pension age change

Free bus passes can be particularly valuable for older and retired people, as it ensures they can travel with ease, and without the worry about cos

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Free bus passes can be particularly valuable for older and retired people, as it ensures they can travel with ease, and without the worry about costs. Rules on the free bus pass vary across the country but for most it is possible to receive the entitlement once reaching the age of 60. However, with the State Pension age change occurring in just two days, some may have to wait longer than this to unlock their entitlement.

However, further State Pension age changes have been taking place recently, meaning in October 2020, State Pension age will reach 66.

Incremental changes are occurring, meaning different people will be gradually affected.

And the latest changes will take place this weekend on September 6, 2020.

Anyone with a date of birth between September 6, 1954 and October 5, 1954 is set to reach State Pension age.

Those who live in England can head directly to the government’s official website, where they can enter their postcode.

This will then redirect them to the webpage of the council where they live, where they can find out more concerning their entitlement and how to apply.

In Scotland, older people can receive a free bus pass by reaching out to their local authority, or the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport for details of the application process.

Whereas in Northern Ireland, those eligible are able to pick up an application form in person or at a bus or rail station.

And they can also phone or email the contacts for the free bus pass which are outlined online.

In Wales, however, applying for a bus pass can be done by visiting the Welsh government’s online portal.

Friends and family members can also apply to an older person’s behalf to make the process as easy as possible.



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