Transport Secretary dismisses means testing for bus passes during visit to Halifax

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin with Philip Allott waiting for a bus in Commercial Street, Halifax.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin with Philip Allott waiting for a bus in Commercial Street, Halifax.
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Conservative Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has dismissed introducing means testing for bus passes during a visit to Halifax.

Mr McLoughlin was in town to support the Conservative candidate Philip Allott and was given a bus tour of the town.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have said they would remove some benefits from better-off pensioners.

But Mr McLoughlin said he was opposed to the idea.

“I don’t think it creates that much money. I think the amount of money that you spend by means testing it would not serve us well,” he said.

“We’ve got to give pensioners a fair deal. Gordon Brown increased the pension one year by 75p.

“We’ve ruled out doing that and we have a triple lock on pensions - it’s either a 2.5 per cent increase or the cost of wages or price rises - whichever is the higher of those three we will give pensioners.

“I don’t think we should start taking benefits away from pensioners, they’ve paid into the system over many years.”