Alex Wilson: Boris Johnson’s Freedom Pass pledge will benefit thousands in Greenwich

Boris Johnson’s promise to protect and extend the Freedom Pass will benefit over 43,000 people in Greenwich, official figures reveal.

 

·         Boris Johnson has promised, if re-elected, to protect and extend the Freedom Pass to Londoners aged 60 years or older.  Across London, the amount of people who would benefit from Boris Johnson’s pledge to protect and extend the Freedom Pass is 1,457,251.

·         It rewards those who have worked hard, paid their taxes and done the right thing throughout their life.

·         The move comes after Boris Johnson delivered on his pledge in 2008 to extend the Freedom Pass to 24 hours a day and to war veterans.

 

GLA Candidate and Blackheath Cllr Alex Wilson has welcomed the move which will benefit exactly 43,148 people in Greenwich.  Alex said:

 

“Boris should be applauded for taking action which will benefit thousands of older people in Greenwich.  It is only fair that to reward those who have worked hard, paid their taxes and done the right thing throughout their life.   I know that there are those Labour Councillors in Greenwich who have described the Freedom Pass as the ‘third rail’ of London politics because they view its costs as excessive, but I don’t agree with them.  It seems to me that there is a clear choice at this year’s Mayoral election: between Boris Johnson, who is on the side of older Londoners, especially on fixed incomes, and Ken Livingstone who hit them with 152 per cent tax rise last time he was Mayor.”