Disabled Freedom Passes

Christopher Stapleton made this Freedom of Information request to Camden Borough Council

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Christopher Stapleton

Dear Camden Borough Council,

I would be grateful if you would answer the following questions:

(1) Have there been any changes in your borough’s eligibility criteria for disabled freedom passes over the last eight years?

(2) If the answer to question 1 is ‘yes’, what have these changes been?

(3) If the answer to question 1 is ‘yes’, when did the changes take place?

(4) How many disabled freedom passes did your borough issue in each year since, and including, 2006?

Thanks in advance,

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Stapleton

Stephen Carter, Camden Borough Council

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Camden Council - Information request (FOI/EIR) - Housing and adult social
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Our reference: 9744126

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Dear Mr. Stapleton

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request received on 27
October 2014

You requested information on:

I would be grateful if you would answer the following questions:

(1) Have there been any changes in your boroughs eligibility criteria for
disabled freedom passes over the last eight years?

(2) If the answer to question 1 is yes, what have these changes been?

(3) If the answer to question 1 is yes, when did the changes take place?

(4) How many disabled freedom passes did your borough issue in each year
since, and including, 2006?

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Stephen Carter
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Email: [email address]
Phone: 0207 974 4372

Stephen Carter, Camden Borough Council

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Camden Council - Information request (FOI/EIR) - Housing and adult social
care

Our reference: 9744126

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Dear Mr. Stapleton

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000

Further to your email, received on 27 October 2014, we are pleased to
enclose ttach the requested information. We apologise for the days delay
in getting this information to you
You requested

I would be grateful if you would answer the following questions:
 
(1) Have there been any changes in your borough’s eligibility criteria for
disabled freedom passes over the last eight years?
Response: Yes
 
(2) If the answer to question 1 is ‘yes’, what have these changes been?
Response: Removal of discretionary passes.

 
(3) If the answer to question 1 is ‘yes’, when did the changes take place?
Response: April 2011
 
(4) How many disabled freedom passes did your borough issue in each year
since, and including, 2006?
Response
Data available from April 2011 as follows:
            2011-12         1,447
            2012-13         1,215
            2013-14          560
            2014-date        222
Please note further clarification:
Disabled Persons’ Freedom Pass
The Freedom Pass Scheme is essentially part of a national (English) fares
concession scheme but with elements that are specific to London.  However,
the basic eligibility criteria remain the same nationally, and are defined
in the Transport Act 2000 and remain unchanged.  Camden has, in the past,
issued Freedom Passes to people with mental health disabilities on a
discretionary basis but ceased to do this from 6^th April 2011 (date of
the formal decision), instead relying only on the provisions of the 2000
Act. 
Guidance from the Department for Transport (2008) stated that Eligibility
for a concessionary travel pass may be considered "automatic" (not
requiring further assessment) where a person is in receipt of the Higher
Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA) or
War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS).  This was amended in the
Guidance issued on the 8th April 2013 to include the Personal Independence
Payment (PIP), where the applicant has been awarded at least eight points
against either the PIP "Moving around" and/or "Communicating verbally"
activities.

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Yours sincerely

Stephen Carter
Information Access Officer (HASC)

Email: [email address]
Phone: 0207 974 4372
 
 

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