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Formula makes no sense.

HE funding row that threatens North East t bus services is an all-too-typical example of woolly thinking by those who should know better.

And it also exposes another example of Government funding changes that disadvantage the areas most in need.

The Government formula on bus travel for the elderly is not calculated on numbers of bus trips - which would be sensible - but on numbers of pensioners.

It stands to reason that elderly people in wealthy, suburban Surrey are going to be more likely to use their Volvos than the number 16.

Elderly people in Tyneside, meanwhile, are less likely to have a Volvo - and soon they might not have a number 16, either.

The Government needs to rethink its maths - or people in our region are going to lose out.

And, please, let's have no more ministers hoping that wealthy pensioners will hand back their passes.

It's the formula that needs to be handed back.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 27, 2013
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