In response to a written question from Darren Johnson, Boris has admitted that the half-price bus and tram fares offered to those in receipt income support will be cancelled. He stated that:

“The total number of cardholders represents less than 20% of all those claiming income support in London. I therefore do not consider this to be an efficient way of assisting low income Londoners with their travel costs.”

This will mean that, unless “more suitable forms of fares concession” are found, 75,000 of the poorest Londoners will have to double their fares. Boris, however, hints at just what these ‘suitable forms’ will entail in another question, saying that:

“Many Londoners face growing economic difficulties at the moment but I believe this can best be addressed by keeping the overall level of bus fares as low as possible.”

The discounts, it seems, will be brushed under the proverbial mat.

A tip of the hat to the Tory Troll, both for the tip and the extra information.

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