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Take up and use of subsidised public transport: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Take up and use of subsidised public transport: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
Take up and use of subsidised public transport: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Background: Since 2006 England has had a bus pass scheme which provides free bus travel for older people. The scheme is universal but there are questions over whether take up is equitable. Methods: Data come from waves 6 and 7 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing collected in 2012 and 2014. Logistic regression assessed factors associated with take up of a free bus pass by 2014 among eligible people without a pass in 2012, and associations of this with public transport use in 2014. Results: Of those eligible for a free bus pass in 2012, 16.1% did not have one. 18.8% of these people had taken up a bus pass by 2014. Take up was equitable according to wealth and other individual characteristics but was more common among people retiring from paid work (AOR 2.33, p = 0.025), and moving house (AOR 2.76, p = 0.014). People who took up a free bus pass were more likely to use public transport in 2014 (AOR 3.23, p < 0.001). Discussion: Take up of the free bus pass is equitable across groups, and is strongly linked to public transport use among older people.

2214-1405
179-182
Laverty, Anthony A.
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Millett, Christopher
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Webb, Elizabeth
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Laverty, Anthony A.
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Millett, Christopher
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Webb, Elizabeth
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Laverty, Anthony A., Millett, Christopher and Webb, Elizabeth (2018) Take up and use of subsidised public transport: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Journal of Transport and Health, 8, 179-182. (doi:10.1016/j.jth.2018.01.004).

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Background: Since 2006 England has had a bus pass scheme which provides free bus travel for older people. The scheme is universal but there are questions over whether take up is equitable. Methods: Data come from waves 6 and 7 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing collected in 2012 and 2014. Logistic regression assessed factors associated with take up of a free bus pass by 2014 among eligible people without a pass in 2012, and associations of this with public transport use in 2014. Results: Of those eligible for a free bus pass in 2012, 16.1% did not have one. 18.8% of these people had taken up a bus pass by 2014. Take up was equitable according to wealth and other individual characteristics but was more common among people retiring from paid work (AOR 2.33, p = 0.025), and moving house (AOR 2.76, p = 0.014). People who took up a free bus pass were more likely to use public transport in 2014 (AOR 3.23, p < 0.001). Discussion: Take up of the free bus pass is equitable across groups, and is strongly linked to public transport use among older people.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 January 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 February 2018
Published date: March 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 421241
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/421241
ISSN: 2214-1405
PURE UUID: f23bd8fb-6699-4f1c-ac7b-7d2c2b2e1c9f

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Date deposited: 25 May 2018 16:30
Last modified: 27 Apr 2022 05:04

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Author: Anthony A. Laverty
Author: Christopher Millett
Author: Elizabeth Webb

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