Pensioners could have bus 'perks' cut
Devon's public transport service needs to shave £760,000 from its budget – and it is looking at removing some of the perks for pensioners provided within the National Bus Pass Scheme.
The county council is currently consulting on the options available which include having pensioners pay to use the park and ride services to the RD&E Hospital and County Hall, as well as the special services to Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park rugby ground.
Other cost saving measures being considered include limiting bus pass use on public services mainly used for schoolchildren and tourists and looking at the timings of when free travel is permitted. It could also raise the cost of a replacement bus pass. There are no proposals for withdrawing bus services.
Around £655,500 – 86% – has already been achieved mainly through "efficiencies and stability" in the National Bus Pass scheme.
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Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon's cabinet member for highway management, said: "A lot of work has gone into cutting more than £650,000 from the budget for next year but further savings are needed. It's clear that difficult decisions have to be taken and we want people to let us know what they think of what is being put forward and if they can suggest any alternatives."
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