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Vital we protect free fares for old

NEWS reports indicating elderly and disabled people in England could lose concessionary bus services due to funding cutbacks will cause concern among older people here.

Supporting our older people, particularly those who are disabled, to get out and about is vital to their overall welfare.

The Assembly's free travel scheme, introduced by Peter Robinson, as DRD minister, is almost certainly its most popular.

There is no suggestion of the local service being hit. However, there's a need to keep an eye on the national scene.

They need to be attentive to the policies of the Conservative/Lib Dem Government. The Local Government Association (England) reported that financial support for concessionary fares has been reduced by over a third since 2010.

For Northern Ireland, therefore, this matter must be kept in the spotlight. Protecting free fares must continue as a priority.

CLLR ADAM NEWTON (DUP)

Belfast City Council

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