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Viewpoint: Issue 457 30 Nov 2006

Giving pensioners a bigger state pension would be a better way of helping them than free travel

By Ralph Musgrave

Anyone over 60 in England can now travel around their local area for free on public transport and in Scotland and Wales the over-60s can travel the length and breadth of the country for free. On the face of it free travel for pensioners seems like a good idea and is a policy favoured by the normally pragmatic chancellor Gordon Brown. But is this really a good use of taxpayers' money? Why don't we just abolish concessions and give pensioners the cash equivalent of their concessions?


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