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The UK Government plans to making drastic changes to the Disability Living Allowance including taking away many of the current travel concessions thus leaving many disabled UK Citizen's housebound.
Whilst we at the National Liberal Party would understand a "means" test to assist in stopping benefit fraud, we oppose the changes being put forward by the UK Government and would ask you to support us on getting these changes stopped.
Prior to the introduction of the SmartRider (a pre-paid Smartcard ticketing system) in Western Australia by Transperth, students and other concession holders were able to present concession stickers that were handed out by organizations that had large concentrations of concession holders (such as schools, universities, seniors groups).
However, following the introduction of the SmartRider, only a Concession SmartRider serves as identification allowing for the purchasing of the cheaper fare. No other form of identification (school-issued IDs, Seniors Cards etc.) is accepted.
The issue lies in the fact that you require the SmartRider to buy the discounted cash fare. However, if you had the SmartRider in the first place, you wouldn't need to buy the cash fare as the SmartRider is actually cheaper than the normal concession fare. If you want to purchase the concession fare via cash due to not travelling often enough to warrant the $10 minimum load value on a SmartRider, you need to pay the initial cost for the SmartRider itself.
The reintroduction of the concession sticker would enable those who do not travel enough to warrant purchasing a SmartRider to claim concession fairs. It would also allow those who forget or lose their SmartRiders to purchase the discounted fare they are entitled to without running the risk of a $50 for 'invalid tickets' due to not having the 'proper identification'.