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Boris Johnson takes credit for free bus pass after being told pensioners use it to keep warm

Boris Johnson has taken credit for introducing free bus passes for pensioners after being told aged individuals are utilizing them to keep warm.

In an interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain the prime minister was told of a 77-year-old pensioner who rode the bus as a result of she couldn’t afford heating.

“To cut down on spending, Elsie has resorted to eating one meal a day. She’s losing weight, she’s 77,” host Susanna Reid stated.

“She goes to the supermarket at the end of the day to buy yellow sticker discounted items.

“She will get up early within the morning to use her Freedom bus pass to keep on buses all day to keep away from utilizing vitality at dwelling. What else ought to Elise reduce on?”

The prime minister replied: “Just to remind you that the 24 hour freedom bus pass was something that I introduced.”

The programme’s host replied: “Marvellous, so Elsie should be grateful to you for her bus pass!”

As mayor in 2012 Mr Johnson restored free travel for Londoners aged 60 years and older. Qualification with the benefit had previously been rising in line with the retirement age.

As a 77-year-old the pensioner cited on Good Morning Britain would have certified for the bus pass with or with out Mr Johnson’s intervention.

The prime minister’s feedback come after chancellor Rishi Sunak stated it can be “silly” to provide extra assist with payments regardless of the mounting value of residing disaster.

Desperate Britons are going through a median £700 improve of their fuel and electrical energy payments after April’s vitality worth cap rise – with one other 50 per cent spike anticipated in October.

But Mr Sunak stated motion shouldn’t be rolled out now “when we don’t know exactly what the situation in the autumn will be”.

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