Freedom Pass for all from age 60 - When, How, How Much?

Michael Douglas made this Freedom of Information request to Harrow Borough Council

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From: Michael Douglas

12 June 2012

Dear Harrow Borough Council,

As part of his campaign for re-election as Mayor of London, Boris
Johnson promised to make the Freedom Pass available to everyone
from age 60.

When - how soon - is this change to be introduced?

Will those over 60 now be able to claim refunds for their public
transport fares in London since May 3rd 2012?

How will the change be implemented - at present each London
councils is responsible?

Will the pass be usable only in London, or will it permit travel on
local buses outside London?

How much will this scheme cost the taxpayer?

How will it be funded - presumably London taxpayers will pay -
whether it is funded by TfL or by the councils themselves?

How much extra Council Tax will those liable have to pay on average
to provide free travel on public transport to everyone from age 60,
including many in full time work?

What is the justification for this new burden on the taxpayer,
including those who are not in work?

Yours faithfully,

Michael Douglas

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From: Information Information

12 June 2012

Thank you for contacting Harrow Council. Your email has been received and we will respond to your enquiry within 5 working days. For further information on our services please visit our website www.harrow.gov.uk

All emails are dealt with during normal working hours, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Kind Regards
Access Harrow

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Dear Harrow Borough Council,

As part of his campaign for re-election as Mayor of London, Boris
Johnson promised to make the Freedom Pass available to everyone
from age 60.

When - how soon - is this change to be introduced?

Will those over 60 now be able to claim refunds for their public
transport fares in London since May 3rd 2012?

How will the change be implemented - at present each London
councils is responsible?

Will the pass be usable only in London, or will it permit travel on
local buses outside London?

How much will this scheme cost the taxpayer?

How will it be funded - presumably London taxpayers will pay -
whether it is funded by TfL or by the councils themselves?

How much extra Council Tax will those liable have to pay on average
to provide free travel on public transport to everyone from age 60,
including many in full time work?

What is the justification for this new burden on the taxpayer,
including those who are not in work?

Yours faithfully,

Michael Douglas

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12 June 2012

Dear Mr Michael Douglas,

Thank you for your email.

Your enquiry has been forwarded to Fernando Silverio who will respond to your request for information within the next 20 working days.

Kind Regards,

General Team

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From: Marian Stephens
Harrow Borough Council

13 June 2012


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Dear Mr. Douglas
 
Thank you for your information request. We will forward it to the
relevant department who will contact you shortly.
 
Information Management Team
Harrow Council
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Station Road
Harrow
HA1 2XF
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From: Marian Stephens
Harrow Borough Council

13 June 2012

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Dear Mr. Douglas
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 12 June
2012.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we aim to send a response by 10 July 2012 (which is 20 working days
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Yours sincerely
 
 
Marian Stephens
Senior Business Support Officer – Freedom of Information
Corporate Resources
[email address]

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Harrow Borough Council

13 June 2012


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Dear Mr. Douglas
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 12 June 2012.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Marian Stephens
Senior Business Support Officer – Freedom of Information
Corporate Resources
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Michael Douglas left an annotation (13 June 2012)

Quote-marks LB Harrow have said that

"The 60-plus bus passes were only an election Pledge made by Boris Johnson, and the Team Manager – Contact Centre is not aware of any decisions having been made regarding bringing the age back to 60 for Freedom Passes. We have not received any information; therefore, we are not able to answer the questions in your mail."

Accordingly there is no need here to make the follow-up enquiry:

"Please confirm whether the council had any contact with any of the 7 mayoral candidates on these issues between March and May this year.

Please confirm whether the council has had any contact with London Mayor or with TfL or with London Councils on these issues at any time since the start of 2011.

If there has been any such contact, please provide dates and some information as to its nature."

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