Old people to wait longer for bus passes.

Posted: July 16, 2010 in Broken Britain

IlieWhy should the old and poor pay for past government incompetence?

Remember David Cameron, dismissing Labour claims that the Tories would slash free bus travel as ‘pure and simple lies’ during the election campaign.

Well, transport ministers are planning to quickly raise the age at which older people get free travel from 60 to 65. Plans to bring in the change during the next couple of years will be submitted to the Treasury today as part of the Government’s effort to make savings of up to 40 per cent in departmental spending.

Meanwhile a town hall chief was in line last night for the biggest redundancy pay-off in town hall history.

Joe Duckworth, the country’s highest-earning council chief, was negotiating his departure terms after stepping down from his job shortly after returning from holiday at the beginning of this week.

Mr Duckworth’s basic pay as chief executive of the London Borough of Newham was £241,000 a year. But his pay, pension and perks package is believed to have totalled roughly double the £142,500 salary taken by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Negotiations on Mr Duckworth’s pay-off may also take into account the £320,000 redundancy cheque paid to Camden housing director Neil Litherland when he left his post earlier this year.

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  1. Howard Thomas says:

    Lottery size ‘leaving presents’ never fail to amaze and disgust me. Its ever so easy to be generous with other people’s money (taxpayers) !!

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