We had some family and friends round at the weekend for a barbeque to celebrate Sam’s 60th birthday. There were lots of jokes about becoming an old age pensioner, to which Sam took all in good part. However, one of the jokes about Sam being able to claim a free bus pass caused me to check on Google, as I was sure that somebody in Government had recently moved the goalposts.
They had. Apparently all men and women could have claimed a free bus pass at the state retirement age of 60 if they had been born before 5th April 1950. Now the old retirement age is being phased out, and they can only claim a free bus pass at 60 years of age if they live in London, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Unfortunately for the rest of us born after this date who don’t happen to live in the above locations, we have to wait until we’re 66! Hmm… the phrase ‘It’s not fair!’ springs to mind.
What happens when I get to 66? Would the goalposts have been moved again? Perhaps in the future people will have to wait until they’re 70 or even 75? By then their mobility might be sorely compromised and they may not even be able to climb on board a bus!
What happens in other countries regarding claiming a bus pass? I’d be interested to read your comments. Sam, positive as ever, says at least he won’t be an OAP for another 6 years, therefore he’s still ‘young (ish)’. He works at home with the aid of his trusty Internet and Skype as tech support for an American company where there’s no set retirement age, and he intends to carry on working for as long as he’s able to. I took early retirement due to the amount of treatment I needed and to look after Dot, but 3 years later I feel better and so I’m back again working in the NHS covering for short-staffing, holidays and staff sick leave. I can also work for as long as I want. One secretary was 75 before she stopped working!
I’m working tomorrow; back on Wednesday. x