Don’t miss the bus! Renew your Freedom Pass

London Councils will be getting in touch with Merton residents whose Freedom Passes are due to expire in March 2016 in the next few weeks.

Disabled residents across Merton, whose Freedom Passes are set to expire on 31 March 2016 and whose applications need to be means tested, need to complete their application letter by Christmas so everyone eligible can be sure to receive their renewed Freedom Pass in April 2016. The council has sent letters to residents along with a shortened application to remind them. If you have not received your letter of application form yet please contact the council on 020 8274 4990.

Owners of the Older Person’s Freedom Pass will receive their renewal letter in January and will be able to renew their pass online through the London Councils website. It is an easy process which requires the resident to provide proof of age and address. Last year, 74% of renewals were completed online. Residents who are unable to renew online can return their form by post to London Councils.

Freedom Passes can only be renewed through London Councils and cannot be renewed at the Post Office or by calling the council.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah, said: “We want to make sure that residents who are eligible for the Freedom Pass take advantage of it. With the borough’s great transport links it gives them the chance to use the train, Tube, tram and bus free of charge. If your pass is expiring next year, providing you still live in London, you will be entitled to a new one”

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Notes to editors

Of the 168,000 passes across England which will expire in March, nearly 4,000 belong to Merton residents.

Last year, 74% of renewals were completed online.

The Freedom Pass allows older adults and disabled people to travel on public transport for free across the capital, as well as on local bus services throughout England at certain times. It is Europe’s most comprehensive free travel scheme.