Government set to introduce means testing for pensioners' travel passes

The free travel scheme is likely to be means-tested for new pensioners in the budget, in order to meet the demands of the troika.

4th November, 2012
Government set to introduce means testing for pensioners' travel passes
Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection. Photo: Tony O'Shea

The free travel scheme is likely to be means-tested for new pensioners in the budget in order to meet the demands of the troika that the cost of universal payments be curtailed.

The income threshold will be similar to the one used for medical cards, but the introduction of means-testing for the travel pass opens up the prospect of cuts to the thres- hold in subsequent years.

The current medical card threshold is set at...

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