Published: 09/11/2017 16:11 - Updated: 10/11/2017 17:00

Highland Council wants slow rise in free bus pass age

Written byEmma Crichton

 

Council has not objected to the proposed increase
Council has not objected to the proposed increase
 

 

Highland Council has not objected to plans to increase the eligible age for a free bus pass.

Currently anyone aged 60 or over is entitled to travel around the country for free by bus but now a consultation has been launched to consider gradually raising it to the state pension age.

In its response to the consultation, the local authority did not object to the idea, but asked for a slow increase of the eligible age, such as of 61 in 2019, 62 in 2021 and so on until it equals the pension age

The response said this would strike a fair balance in light of the ageing population and a need to save money.

It stated: "It is recommended that we support an increase to age 61 in 2019 62 in 2021 and so on.

"This gives reasonable compromise between a sudden increase in eligible age and a lengthy transition which would reduce the saving achieved."

The response also welcomed plans to provide a similar free bus pass scheme to people working through a modern apprenticeship.

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