Millions more people will be denied a free bus pass as a result of the radical state pension reform.
When plans to raise the state pension age take effect, millions of Britons will face a longer wait for their free older person’s bus pass.
People in England can currently claim a free bus pass once they reach the age of 66, but with the state pension age set to rise in the near future, millions of people will receive it later than expected.
This has infuriated Britons, who are already enraged that people in some parts of the UK, such as Wales and Scotland, are entitled to free travel once they reach the age of 60.
With many people believing that the state pension is insufficient to meet basic needs, benefits such as a free bus pass are valued by the over 60s.
When plans to raise the state pension age in the UK to 67 and 68 come into effect, millions of Britons will have to wait even longer.
Many people have been enraged by the fact that the rules are different depending on where people live in the country.
People over the age of 60 in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are entitled to free bus travel.
According to campaigners, the rules on free bus passes are already inequitable, and something needs to be done to ensure that pensioners in England, Scotland, and Wales are treated equally.
Linda Jones, an outraged British woman, has denounced the rules and started a petition on the website 38 Degrees, which has nearly 4,000 signatures.
“I don’t understand why a woman over 60 can get a free bus pass in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, but she has to wait until she’s 66 to get one in England?” she raged.
“Why are people only in England not eligible for a bus pass at 60 compared to the rest of the UK?” asked another petitioner, Rob G. “Surely this should be changed ASAP.”
It has also enraged Daily Express readers, who have taken to the website to vent their frustrations.
“Plain and simple discrimination!” Foxykipper said. “Why do we put up with it?”
Some readers, however, disagreed, stating that people over the age of 60 should pay for travel if they can afford it.
“I’ll probably be burned alive for this,” Degroteman wrote, “but I didn’t think about it.”
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