Boris Johnson responded to a story of an elderly woman riding buses all day to keep warm by praising the Freedom Pass scheme he says he introduced.
Grilled about the cost of living crisis by Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, Johnson said that he “totally understands and gets what people are going through”.
Reid described the plight of a 77-year-old viewer, Elsie, who “gets up early in the morning to use her Freedom bus pass to stay on buses all day to avoid using energy at home.” She then asked the prime minister what else the widower, who lives in a council house, should cut back on.
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“I just want to remind you, the 24 hour freedom bus pass was something I introduced’, Johnson replied, after saying that he didn’t want Elsie to cut back on anything.
“Oh marvellous, so Elsie should be grateful to you for her bus pass?” replied Reid.
The Older Person Freedom Pass allows people over 60 living in London to travel on and Transport for London services. It is not valid 24-hour a day, but can be used from 9am on weekdays and anytime on weekends.