Thursday, 27 May 2010

Freedom Passed

I noticed earlier this week that the Freedom Pass is no longer available to those aged 60. It now has new eligibility age criteria as of 6 April 2010.

It would appear to be in line with the phasing of women's state pensionable age from 60 to 65. And it would seem applies to both men and women.

The date at which these new rules apply would suggest that the decision was taken by the previous Labour government but I don't recall any notification in the media.

What now for prescription charges? Winter fuel allowance? Grants for insulation? etc.


  1. I became aware of this courtesy Weggis. I have referred the change to Lee Scott who is taking up the matter with the new Minister.

  2. The eligibilty rules for many disabled persons were changed last year. Holders of a Disabled Persons Freedom Pass were informed that "as the conditions of use of an Older Persons Pass are now the same ... " disabled persons would be issued with an 'Older Persons' pass. The ramifications of this for many disabled persons was that they lost concessions because they were no longer identifiable as disabled.

    The changes in the age criteria should not be used to deny a Freedom Pass to any disabled person that would have been eligible for one under the previous rules.

    Passes issued this year are due for renewal in 2015 and it will be interesting to see what happens then.