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Freedom Pass renewal 2010 7 January 2010

Posted by Philip Peake in Transport.
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If you’re a older or disabled resident of Forest Hill and have a Freedom Pass, you’ll need to renew it by 31 March 2010 so that you can continue to enjoy free travel across London.

Current Freedom Passes are renewed every two years, with current passes running out in March 2010. For added security and to help cut down on fraud, the new-look Freedom Passes will also contain a photo of the pass holder on the card. All new passes will be valid for five years from the date of renewal.

New cards will take up to 10 working days to be processed and will be sent by post, rather than being available immediately at the counter, so Freedom Pass holders are therefore being urged to begin renewing their passes early in the New Year.

Disabled Freedom Pass holders should have already received a letter from Lewisham Council asking for confirmation of their details. This letter needs to be checked and returned. Applicants will then receive an authorisation form which they must take to the Post Office with their application form.

How to apply
1. Go to any Post Office from 4 January 2010 to collect an application form for a new Freedom Pass
2. Complete the form and return it to the Post Office with two passport sized photos on the following dates, depending on the first letter of the surname:

  • A – E from 4-9 January and between 11-16 January 2010
  • F – J from 18-23 January 2010
  • K – O from 25-30 January 2010
  • P – Z from 1-6 February 2010.

For applicants who miss their week, applications can be collected between 8 and 13 February.

Current Freedom Passes can continue to be used until a new one has been received. You can visit the Freedom Pass information stand inside Lewisham Shopping Centre on Friday 15 January for more information about the renewal process. Further help and advice is available from the Concessionary Awards team at Lewisham Council on 020 8314 9844 or go to www.freedompass.org or by contacting the Freedom Pass telephone support line 0845 275 7054 or 020 7934 9633 (Mondays-Fridays between 9am and 5pm).

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