Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “It would be absolutely scandalous to cut free public transport for older people. I will be monitoring the situation very closely because once cuts start to an initiative like this, others can often follow very quickly.
“People will not put up with harsh cuts like this which could affect older people in such a big way. We worked hard to see the introduction of this scheme and we believe it delivers very significant benefits for those eligible.
“These passes provide a vital lifeline and many people will be affected if this scheme were to be removed.
“I want to tell those who would consider cutting this initiative to keep their hands off, because once cuts start to one element, people will be very concerned that the whole scheme of free public transport for older people may be put at risk.”