Free Bus Travel For Veterans In Wales.

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ALVIN

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I have had a meeting last week with the Welsh transport minister Ieuan Wyn Jones, to ask him if he would sanction this proposal of free bus travel as part of the military covident\debt of gratitude. I told him that little or nothing had been done by the Welsh assembley for the veterans of Wales, and that free oyster cards had been already issued to all U.K veterans in receipt of a war pension for free travel around London. He did take me seirously and is now looking into the matter. ------- So watch this space :!:
 
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ALVIN

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Rockape34, Thanks for that. From what i can make out of the text to your letter you recived "last year" on this subject, it does indeed state that the Welsh Office is proposing to do just that!! Anyway, i will wait for my reply to arrive and find out what the latest score is. (i only saw him on 24th April) He will get a very swift reply indeed if he dares to refuse this "token gesture", --- espesialy now the oyster cards are being issued to War pensioners!! We live in hope my friend. :D
 
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ALVIN

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SUCCESS!! ----- From april 2011 the Welsh assembly will extend the critiria for free bus travel, to include ALL war veterans serverely wounded in service, regardless of age. ---- That is great news, and not before time!!
 

oldbaldy

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Good news Alvin, well done. However what does this term mean

ALVIN said:
to include all war veterans serverely wounded in service.
Could have either a narrow or wide interpretation. I suspect you have have to wait again to see EXACTLY what they mean.
 
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oldbaldy said:
Good news Alvin, well done. However what does this term mean

ALVIN said:
to include all war veterans serverely wounded in service.
Could have either a narrow or wide interpretation. I suspect you have have to wait again to see EXACTLY what they mean.
It almost sounds as though the only veterans who will qualify are the ones too ill or injured to take advantage of it. I'lll try to be a bit less cynical just this once though.
 
#7
Do you qualify?
Qualification by Age (Subject To National Regulations)


Free Fare Bus Pass
All Powys residents who have attained their 60th Birthday will be eligible.

Qualification by Disability

The Options are:-

Free Fare Bus Pass
Disabled Persons Railcard
People who are registered as either :

A person who is blind, that is, so blind as to be unable to perform any work / studies for which sight is essential, is partially sighted, that is, with sight impaired to such an extent that she / he cannot reasonably accurately estimate the size and speed of traffic;
Is deaf;
Is without speech;
Has a disability, or has suffered an injury, which seriously impairs his / her ability to walk, is without the use of both arms, has an enduring mental health problem.
You also qualify if you are in receipt of:-

Severe Disablement Allowance
or Attendance Allowance
or Disability Living Allowance (with higher mobility component)
or War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
or 80% Service Disablement Pension
or have lost / do not qualify for a driving licence on medical grounds.
This is who is currently eligible for concessionary travel in Wales. I got the info from a Powys site but it does of course apply nationwide. I'm no expert on the physical (or mental) abilities (or disabilities) of anybody 'severely wounded' but I would imagine that many are already covered by the above. I too am somewhat cynical and it does smell (to me) of you being given something or something very similar, that you actually already have.

It is a step in the right direction but as far as comparing it to what goes on in London, sadly there is still a very long way to go.

But once Alvin and Rockape get their teeth into something, you just know there's still hope. :wink:
 
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Pity it won't be a policy in England, still nice to see our taxes put to some decent use in Wales for a change.
 
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ALVIN

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This story will be confirmed and covered by B.B.C Wales all day, on wednesday 26th August. : :cheers:
 
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Biscuits_AB

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The_Coming_Man said:
Pity it won't be a policy in England, still nice to see our taxes put to some decent use in Wales for a change.
I was about to ask if any of the English had started dripping yet?
 
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Congratulations to Alvin and Rockape34! The Welsh Assembly Government has just confirmed that they are to start discussions with the MoD and other UK Governments about extending the eligibility of military personnel who are entitled to a free bus pass. The news was embargoed until 0600 and I spoke on the Good Morning Wales programme about this just after 0630 this morning.
 
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Biscuits_AB said:
The_Coming_Man said:
Pity it won't be a policy in England, still nice to see our taxes put to some decent use in Wales for a change.
I was about to ask if any of the English had started dripping yet?
Wasn't dripping about veterans getting free travel, rather the fact it is being denied to those slf same veterans in England.

As I said, nice to see my taxes not being squandered on outreach workers for a change.
 
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Don't forget this pass also gives free travel on "The Heart of Wales " railway line all the way from Swansea to Shrewsbury
 

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