Residents in Merton applying for an Older Persons Freedom Pass will no longer be able to do so through the Post Office after changes announced by London Councils.
Now, any resident who has reached the qualifying age can apply for their new pass online at www.freedompass.org. If you have not reached the qualifying age but are over 60 please refer to Transport for London’s Website for details of the 60+ concessionary travel scheme.
Residents who are unable to apply online can pick up a paper copy at your nearest library. Applications can then be sent to London Councils together with the required proof of identity, address and include a colour passport sized photograph in their application. Examples of proof for older persons include a current passport, birth certificate or a letter of state pension entitlement.
The Freedom Pass is funded by Merton Council and gives older residents free travel on most public transport in London 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Merton’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said, “Residents who are reaching the required age for a Freedom Pass should apply online to get their concessionary travel. It is the quickest way and if you need help, visit your local library or Civic Centre where a member of staff will be more than happy to help you.”
For more information on the Freedom Pass: www.freedompass.org