Next year the Council will be introducing free bus passes for pensioners. This follows the Government's announcement at the last budget. Conservatives nationally backed the proposal at the General Election. Locally we have been calling for free bus passes in Southampton for years and are delighted it's now going to happen.
Conservatives had the free bus pass when we last ran the Council (which was back in the early 1980s). Since then the concessionary fares have been slowly eaten away.
Extra Government money will mean their reintroduction. On the face of it the extra funding the City Council receives may be enough, however it will all depend on what the take up is by bus users as to whether it impacts the Council Tax payer.