How can councils budget for OAPs' bus passes?
JON Turner's letter "Bus pass vital for mental physical health of OAPs" (Tuesday, January 8), lambasting my letter about the use of concessionary bus passes, has missed the main point of my concerns.
Namely, that unless there is some way the use of these passes is sensibly controlled, how can any local authority in England budget for the charges they will get from bus companies?
Unless they do, central funding may dry up and concessionary travel may be restricted to those beyond a certain age or those in remote rural districts.
I have to admit that I have not yet found out how bus companies charge local authorities. One wonders how well audited it is.
Is it by exact fare per journey on shorter journeys or is it a flat rate? Only by restricting use to an agreed set amount per concession can costs be controlled.
Then, hopefully the "well-earned", essential concessionary travel for retirees be maintained.