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Operators overcharge councils says MP

Speaking at a prime ministers question time this week, a Derbyshire MP accused local bus operators of defrauding councils. “Free bus travel for the over-60s has given thousands of pensioners in Derbyshire their lives back,” said Labour MP Natascha Engel. “Many, however, are absolutely furious that some unscrupulous bus companies seem to be issuing tickets for far longer journeys than people have made and then overcharging local authorities.”

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