WITH regard to free bus passes being a problem, it seems that neither the national or local governments have realised that this is a real health aid. I would go so far as to suggest that it may save money on the NHS bill.
When we had a half price bus pass we still had to budget for trips into town, maybe twice a week for shopping or medical appointments.
Once a free pass was granted the take up increased as senior citizens could now make several journeys without worrying about the cost, mostly using seats that would otherwise have been empty.
It isn’t necessary to spend a lot in town, just a chance to get out and break the monotony of living alone or as a couple with limited movement.
My area has several sheltered housing establishments as well as older residents who moved into the (then) council houses 40 or more years ago.These are people no longer able to drive or afford a car, some using walking aids and shopping trolleys to get out and enjoy the mental stimulation and physical exercise that increase the quality of life and health equally.
That said, I do not see why I should get free transport in Halifax or Taunton, any more than our council should subsidise visitors from outside our area.
M. OAKEY (Mrs)
Redford Avenue, Horsham