One thing I will miss while I am away on holiday is the introduction of free travel on the buses for the over sixties and disable. From 1 April those will the correct pass will be able to board the bus, show their pass and tell the driver where they are going. The driver will then issuse a ticket with this information on. Bit of a bind but the company and the council need to monitor the use of the free travel and it's cost so they can claim the money back from the Government who are partly funding this arrangment.
I say partly funding as so far the amount that the local councils are getting is about £100 000 less than they expect to need. This means that the Council Tax payers of Torbay will be helping to pay for the free travel. OK at the moment, at least we are funding are own old dears. But in two years time any one over 60 can get free travel any where not just in their own areas. That means that Torbay, which has lots of over sixties of it's own will have to fund the OAP's who come down on holiday from Scunthorpe, Walsaw and Rotheram to name but a few. I hope the government realise this and incress the funds. If they don't I hope we get at least a thank you note from the towns mentioned above.