Veterans Concessionary Travel Scheme

Discussion in 'Charities and Welfare' started by abrecan, Nov 13, 2008.

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  1. Apologies if this has been posted before. However: having a Pass in London is great , but why is it not national and for every entitled person?? Many of us may be applying for the VCTS Pass/Oyster Photocard, so that we can have free travel, on visits to London.

    Found on RBL Websites, their words not mine:

    "The Veterans Concessionary Travel Scheme (VCTS) is a new concession available to those Veterans who receive an ongoing payment under the War Pensions Scheme or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. War widows, war widowers and dependants who receive the same payments will also be eligible under this scheme."

    "Those applicants who are eligible will be issued with an "Oyster Photocard", which will enable them to travel free at any time within London on bus, tube, Dockland Light Railway, tram and London Overground services and when travelling on these services except on bus or tram can take up to four children under eleven with you for free.. It will particularly benefit those veterans who are under sixty and those who live outside London who are not eligible for a Freedom Pass."

    Veterans Concessionary Travel Scheme Map (where the Pass is valid):

    But how feasible is a nationwide policy on VCTS? It's a worthy concession considering we've reached 300 casualties in current operations. Families, older veterans and indeed serving personnel deserve the same national travel concessions.
  2. well here's the thing, a veteran is perceived as being from world war 2, not from modern day conflicts. Iraq and Afghanistan are dirty words to some. It'd be nice to see that perception changed. Doubt it though.
  3. Well; Best we wake the public up then aint it? I feel a Social Policy campaign coming on... :eek: