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Remember to renew your Freedom Pass

Waltham Forest residents who get free travel on almost all of the capital’s public transport network are being reminded to check the expiry dates on their Freedom Passes.



Three-quarters of all Freedom Passes are due to expire on 31 March 2015 so borough residents should renew theirs now if theirs is set to end.



Reminder letters were sent out by an organisation called London Councils last year to Pass holders in Waltham Forest stating whether it’s time to renew and how to do it. Last month, London Councils revealed 55% of renewals in the borough had been completed – but it is urging those who have not done so to submit their renewal applications as soon as possible.



The Freedom Pass scheme is part funded by the Council and helps older and eligible disabled residents to live independently by getting out and about for free.



Cllr Angie Bean, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “Funding the Freedom Pass scheme for older, vulnerable and disabled residents is just one of many ways in which we’re helping local people enjoy a good quality of life.



“It’s a fantastic initiative and renewing your Pass is so easy. I did mine in a couple of minutes online so don’t wait to renew yours and risk missing out on free travel on buses, tubes and trains.



“If you’re unsure about anything to do with your Pass there’s a helpline number you can call – or ask a family member or friend to give you a hand renewing it.”  



The letters sent by London Councils outlining the steps to take in order to renew your Pass contain a unique renewal number. If you have lost or haven’t received your letter you should phone the helpline on 0300 330 1433 to request a replacement letter. Calls are charged at the local rate and lines are open Monday - Sunday 8am to 8pm. 



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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