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Free bus-pass service to remain the same for North Yorkshire pensioners

Free bus-pass service to remain the same for North Yorkshire pensioners

5:45pm 9th November 2010

Proposals to limit the use of free bus passes have been ditched.

Retired people in the county will still be able to travel for free between 9am and 6am the next morning.

In July North Yorkshire County Council proposed to limit free travel to between 9:30am and 11pm. This is the minimum it has to offer by law, and Tory bosses thought they could save £400,000 a year by doing it.

But Cllr Bill Hoult, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems at County Hall, warned them that "the savings would be nowhere near this, as many people would simply start their journeys 30 minutes later."

Today the Executive of the Council came to the same conclusion as Cllr Hoult. The report to the Executive said:

“The conclusion from our consultants is that most people would transfer their trip to an eligible service and thus any saving to the council would be very small.”

Executive members voted to keep the present system of concessionary passes being valid between 9am and 6am the following morning. This system will also extend to Craven District, where a slightly different system operated before.

Cllr Hoult said:

“This is a victory for common sense.”

"I am delighted that the Executive has listened to good advice, and to what I said at the Harrogate Area Committee on 28th October.”

 “We must not just make cuts for the sake of making cuts.”

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