Prime Minister David Cameron pictured on 22 April 2010
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David Cameron's election promise to 'keep free bus pass'

In a prime ministerial debate broadcast on Sky News on 22 April 2010, Conservative leader David Cameron said the Tories would ''keep the free bus pass''.

It has emerged the Department for Transport could raise the age at which people in England get a free bus pass from 60 to 65, sooner than previously planned.

The idea is one of the cost-cutting proposals being submitted to the Treasury.

Most departments have been told to go through their budgets for savings of between 25% and 40%.