Take Up and Use of Subsidised Public Transport: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Since 2006 England has had a bus pass scheme which provides free bus travel for older people. The scheme is universal but there are questions over whether take up is equitable. Data come from waves 6 and 7 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing collected in 2012 and 2014. Logistic regression assessed factors associated with take up of a free bus pass by 2014 among eligible people without a pass in 2012, and associations of this with public transport use in 2014. Of those eligible for a free bus pass in 2012, 16.1% did not have one. 18.8% of these people had taken up a bus pass by 2014. Take up was equitable according to wealth and other individual characteristics but was more common among people retiring from paid work (AOR 2.33, p = 0.025), and moving house (AOR 2.76, p = 0.014). People who took up a free bus pass were more likely to use public transport in 2014 (AOR 3.23, p < 0.001). Take up of the free bus pass is equitable across groups, and is strongly linked to public transport use among older people.

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  • Accession Number: 01667404
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2018 4:55PM