London Transport - Veterans Concessionary Travel Scheme

And a very nice scheme it is too. Easy to apply, takes about a week to get your Oyster and, If like me, you live on or near the extremes of the tube line, can save you a packet. Saves me around 2.5k a year as I use it to travel to work and back everyday. Some overlands Like Chiltern Rail accept them to stations within the tube zones (Amersham - Marylebone etc)

Get one chaps, even if you only use it twice a year.
 
Thanks Markintime, I was under the impression that the scheme was for those who lived in London.

In October 2008, eligible individuals under 60 who live in London and those of any age living just outside London were sent an application pack for the Veterans Concessionary Travel Scheme (VCTS) Oyster photocard.

If you are in receipt of an ongoing payment under the War Pensions Scheme or Armed Forces Compensation scheme and did not receive an application pack please see below for information on how to apply.
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How to apply for the Veterans Concessionary Travel Scheme (VCTS) Oyster photocard

Please contact our helpline on 0845 331 9872*. You will be sent an application form which you should complete and return with:
A photocopy of your Awards Notification or annual uprating letter from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA), showing your entitlement to an ongoing payment under the War Pensions Scheme or Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
A passport size photo

I have spoken with transport for London, who have confirmed all veterans in receipt of War Pension/AFCS are eligible for VCTS wherever they live in the UK who wish to visit, or are travelling through London, although this is not made clear on the website.
 

elovabloke

ADC
Moderator
I only use mine on the odd occasion I visit but it has saved me dosh that can go to better causes. A must if your are in receipt of the necessary pension.
 

HydraJoe

Old-Salt
The VCTS Oyster Card for free travel in the TFL area of London for veterans in recepit of regular payments from a War pension or Armed Forces Compensation scheme, widows of veterans and dependants, which was first issued by Boris Johnson and TFL in 2008 is due to expire in May 2012.

I have just had an email from Boris / TFL informing me that the scheme is to be extended and veterans who have cards will get a letter soon inviting them to renew them.

Presumably for those who may not have been aware of this and qualify, will now be able to apply for one some time soon.

Full Details Here --> War veterans | Transport for London
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
Letter recived today.
Forms being sent out shortly to renew our cards.
Current ones expire 31 May 2012.
Will still be for those getting 20% or higher.
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
Letter from Boris with new application arrived in the post today.
Great that is can be used on overground now as well & so Waterloo to Twickenham is within it's scope.

War veterans | Transport for London
 
Just requested an application form as I will in in London a few times this year and have just been told that as I live overseas I am still eligible for the scheme but they need a UK address to send the forms to.

Just something for any other expats that are thinking of applying.
 
Just fired the link to Mum. Don't think she's ever heard of it, but she only moved back to the Smoke in September.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
Thanks Markintime, I was under the impression that the scheme was for those who lived in London.



I have spoken with transport for London, who have confirmed all veterans in receipt of War Pension/AFCS are eligible for VCTS wherever they live in the UK who wish to visit, or are travelling through London, although this is not made clear on the website.

Yes it is made clear on the website, I suggest you re read it, sadly its for those in receipt of war pension or AFCS pension payments. the rest of us can consider ourselves lucky!
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
Section 2 - Eligibility criteria
1.The eligibility criteria for the VCTS are agreed with the Ministry of Defence.
2.To be eligible for the VCTS, you must be the named recepient of an ongoing pension or guaranteed income payment under the United Kingdom's War Pensions Scheme or Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. You must not be in receipt of an equivalent concession such as a Freedom Pass issued by a London borough.
3.TfL may check the eligibility of applicants for the VCTS with the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA).
4.You do not need to be resident in the UK to be eligible for the scheme.

Unless London has Moved outside of the UK then anywhere in the UK is fine!
 
I Specifically registered on Arse in the hope of assistance concerning an application I made for an Oyster card last Nov.

I applied for a veterans concessionary travel pass, to cut a long story shortish, the following events unfolded.

After filling in and sending my application form, I was informed that any paperwork bearing Xafinity Paymaster logos were not suitable proof of pension.

I was discharged in 1998 on medical grounds against my wishes for hearing loss, I receive an Armed forces Pension, which will continue for life.

After a number of phone calls and written correspondance between Xafinity Paymaster in Crawley and Glasgow, SPVA in Norcross Lancs and London Transport Dept it seems I am unable to attain an veterans concessionary oyster card. This is because I do not have a form from the SPVA stating I am in possesion of any payment by them.

I am trying to discern the difference between a War Pension or compensation Pension which is the required criteria for the oyster card. What I do not understand is why I cannot claim the card using my pension details. My Pension is issued due to injury sustained during course of service .

Wondered if anybody else has had similar problems and if so is there a solution! I am registered with SPVA but receive nothing from them, they acknowledge initial diagnosis of my hearing loss, but will not issue a document to endorse my claim.

Would be pleased to get any advice regarding this matter
 
eighth day,

According to the blurb on the TfL website War veterans | Transport for London you need to provide a photocopy of your Awards Notification or annual uprating letter from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency dated within the last two years.

You state you are receiving an Armed Forces pension, is it a War pension or regular pension? You will not get a concessionary pass if you are getting a normal pension.

Shiny
 
eighth day,

According to the blurb on the TfL website War veterans | Transport for London you need to provide a photocopy of your Awards Notification or annual uprating letter from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency dated within the last two years.

You state you are receiving an Armed Forces pension, is it a War pension or regular pension? You will not get a concessionary pass if you are getting a normal pension.

Shiny

Hi Shiny

I do not get a war pension, I served just short of 12 years, the pension I get is a dissability pension I suppose. All my paperwork relates to the SPVA such as contact numbers for queries etc, I still cant understand why this exempts me from the veterans travel pass. By my reckoning I served a number of active service tours, inf, which contributed to my discharge , surely meaning I would qualify as a veteran.

I have read the criteria and just wondered if there was any agencies I would be able to appeal to about this matter, I have drawn a blank phoning the 3 agencies mentioned.

My reason for this is I may be involved in security work for the olympics and it could save an considerable amount of money if I has a pass.
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
The amount of time or where you served is irrelevent. To quote TFL website:
You can apply for a Veterans Oyster photocard if you are:

Receiving ongoing payments under the War Pensions Scheme in your name (this includes widows, widowers and dependants)
Or receiving Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme in your name (this includes widows, widowers and dependants)
Basically you must be classified as 20% or over on your disability.
 
If you are getting a disability pension then you should qualify. Basically War Pension is the old scheme were you had to have more than 20% disability to qualify for a monthly pension. The new scheme pays a monthly pension if you discharged for medical reasons and has a very complicated method of determining level of payment based on rank and years left to serve and effect on employability in later life and is non reviewable once awarded. Try getting a Royal British Legion case worker to take a look or the Veterans Agency should be able to tell you straight away if you qualify.
 
The amount of time or where you served is irrelevent. To quote TFL website:

Basically you must be classified as 20% or over on your disability.



No you don't!

I'm 5% & Got one!

All you need is a letter from Norcross stating that you are in reciept of a war disablement pension.
 
Got my renewal last week valid till 2017, happy days! In London on business yesterday a colleague paid £4.30 for a zone 1 ticket, I paid nada!! Thank you Boris.
 

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