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Don’t forget to renew your Freedom Pass

Older and disabled residents across Waltham Forest with Freedom Passes due to expire in March 2015 are being told what they need to do in order to renew them.


The Freedom Pass scheme, which is part-funded by the Council, gives local people over the age of 65 and eligible disabled residents free travel on almost all of London’s public transport network.


Three-quarters of all Freedom Passes in use in the capital are due to expire in March 2015, and reminder letters are being sent to thousands of Waltham Forest residents telling them whether it’s time to renew and how they can do it.


Local people who use a Freedom Pass will have either already received or be about to receive this letter, which is from an organisation called London Councils but also features the Waltham Forest Council logo. Each letter has a unique renewal number, so Passes cannot be renewed until the letter arrives.


Cllr Angie Bean, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “Freedom Passes are valued by thousands of our older and disabled residents because they help them to live independently by getting out and about for free.


“Should you be one of many whose Pass expires in March next year, it’s important that you follow the steps outlined in the letter once you receive it. And, if you’re eligible for a Freedom Pass but don’t already have one, now is an ideal time to apply – and start using almost all of London’s public transport network without paying a penny.”


Once residents receive their letter, they can renew their Pass online or by filling in and returning an enclosed form. Anyone applying for a Pass for the first time can do so online by visiting www.freedompass.org or by picking up an application form at the Post Office.


There are various Council and community schemes to help disabled or older people get out and about in the borough – whether it's a trip to the shops, to the doctor or visiting friends or places of interest.


They include the Blue Badge scheme, a Taxicard scheme providing subsidised travel in licensed black taxis and private hire vehicles, Shopmobility who offer the loan of mobility scooters, and Community Transport Waltham Forest’s door to door transport to shops service.


Find out more about the Freedom Pass by visiting www.freedompass.org. Alternatively, you can phone 0300 330 1433 or email info@freedompass.org. To learn about other transport schemes in Waltham Forest visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/az-freedompass or phone 020 8496 3000.

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