SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has expressed support for the ‘Hands Off of our bus pass’ campaign in response to news that funding for the concessionary fares scheme could be under threat.
Mr Ramsey says he is fully behind the Age Sector Platform campaign, and says he has been contacted by a number of people in Derry who are “angry and outraged” at the thought such a vital resource could be taken away.
“To think this hugely important scheme could be stripped away from the most vulnerable people in our society is outrageous and people are rightly angry about this,” said Mr Ramsey.
“The scheme is vital to so many of our older people and was pursued by the SDLP for many years. I have no doubt that had it not been for the work of party colleagues in the past this scheme would never have got off the ground.
“I am calling on all elected representatives to make it known to the DRD Minister that attacking senior citizens by withdrawing their travel concessions would be an extremely unpopular road to travel and certainly one that would be remembered at the next election.
“Senior citizens must be treated as equals in every respect and the right to travel has been for many years a basic right.”