How to apply for a State Pension bus pass and the changes that might affect when you can

There have been some changes to the State Pension age that could affect you.

Predictions show that the number of people over the State Pension age will continue to grow, reaching 16.9 million by 2042 and the Government has stepped in to support it.

The age is regularly kept under review and a timetable has been released by the Government which shows the State Pension age rising to 68 between 2037 and 2039.

Read more: State Pension claimants could be eligible for extra payments without realising and this is how

If you live in England and Wales you are entitled to a bus pass for free travel when you reach a certain age, regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman.

In England, you can get a pass when you reach the female state pension age, which is currently 65. If you live in London you can travel free on buses, tubes and other transport when you’re 60, but only within London.

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In Wales you can get a bus pass when you reach 60.

On the website you can enter your postcode to apply for a bus pass from your local council or check if you are eligible for one sooner.

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland you can apply online.

The website also allows you to check your State Pension age by entering your date of birth, this will calculate when you will be eligible for free bus travel.

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