, 2023-01-02 22:04:30,
RADHICA DE SILVA and PETER CHRISTOPHER
Now that pensioners have to pay to use the inter-island fast ferry, some are wondering whether their free bus tickets will be taken away. But Social Development Minister Donna Cox said there was no need to worry.
“That Budget announcement did not speak about the removal of free bus tickets. There is no cause for worry,” she said.
Guardian Media took to the streets to find out how the elderly were feeling now that they have to pay $25 one way and $50 return if they use the fast ferry to Tobago. While some felt it was unfair, others were unfazed.
At Claxton Bay, Saheed Mohammed rode his bicycle through Mount Pleasant Road. He said he enjoyed the free ferry previously and felt it was unfair for the Government to take away this privilege from pensioners.
“I don’t feel good about it. It is not supposed to be so. The way how everything is expensive now, it is hard for pensioners,” he said.
He said paying for travel was difficult when you are living on a pension.
“As a pensioner, I have bills to pay and sometimes my pension doesn’t last for the month. Doing this to us is not the right thing,” Mohammed said. “They say they are giving us an extra $1,000, but I’m just getting the feeling that they may take away the free bus ride too.”
Darryl Mangaroo, who works with the elderly, also…
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