Tuesday, 13 July 2010
What I had really meant to photograph was pensioners at the bus stop on the Embankment but alas I felt too self-conscious! But these queues of our elders and betters are commonplace around my patch where the bus services for a rural location are surprisingly good. I have to admit to a tinge of jealousy because of the thrifty freedom that this allows them.
The reason for the increased bus use is of course the bus pass for the over 60s which allows free off peak travel. From a therapy point of view it is a great resource. It means, for example, that I can encourage the anxious to make a journey that takes them out of their comfort zone or helps a depressed person reconnect with society by giving them the means to get out and about.
So because the advantages that this benefit brings from a social and health perspective I really hope that this 'perk' is not withdrawn as part of this Governments cuts now or in the near future. After all, I'm looking forward to 'whizzing' for free around the British countryside in fifteen years time when I'm sixty.