Unfair Unjust and until now missed my me – The loss of the freedom pass in London at age 60

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Concessionary travel eligibility Released on 10 December 2009

The change in age eligibility for concessionary travel does not affect existing Freedom Pass holders. You will not lose your pass.
But people who become 60 in future will get their pass later than their 60th birthday.
From 6 April 2010, the age of eligibility for concessionary travel for women will be pension age and for men it will be the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day.
The state pension age for women is rising by five years over a period of ten years. The age of eligibility will rise incrementally, that is, in stages, between 2010 and 2020. The earliest age for men and women to get concessionary travel passes will therefore rise gradually, from 60 on 6 April 2010 to 65 on 5 April 2020. The Government decided that this would be the fairest method, rather than introduce a one-off rise which would leave those currently close to retirement age facing a full five-year delay.
The age of eligibility for the state pension is scheduled to rise by two months every one month. This means the earliest date on which you can get your concessionary travel pass will depend on which month you were born in and will not fall on your birthday.


Please check the age eligibility table for Freedom Pass -April 2010 onwards Opens in a new window for the new dates at which you become eligible for an older person’s Freedom Pass.
You can use the government’s pension age calculator to quickly see when you will reach State Pension age. Please note that to see the new ages relevant to concessionary fares eligibility you will need to check the ‘Female’ box!
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