Sussex

Sussex free bus pass scheme faces cuts

The time at which residents over 60 and those registered disabled are able to use their free bus pass may rise if cost-cutting measures are approved.

East Sussex County Council said raising the eligibility time from 0900 to 0930 GMT could save up to £160,000 a year.

The county council is taking over the running of the scheme from district and borough councils next April.

It said it anticipated a "significant cut" in the government grant to run the scheme.

A spokesman said the changes may not affect some rural areas where bus services are infrequent.

A consultation into the proposals runs until 20 December. Residents can have their say on the council website or in local libraries.

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