Hot on the trail of the fraudulent Freedom Pass holders

Around £11, 000 is lost annually to Hounslow Council when people fraudulently use Freedom Passes that don’t belong to them.

Published: Monday, 10th April 2017

Image of a freedom pass.

There are currently a total of 755 Freedom Passes issued by the Council that have been matched as belonging to residents who are now deceased but remain in use by someone else.

Following the misused passes being identified by the National Fraud Initiative and forwarded by London Councils, Hounslow Council has cancelled these from the end of last week [w/e 7 April].  Anyone caught using a pass in this way could also face prosecution.

Residents can report when a pass is no longer required due to a person being deceased via the Tell Us Once Service

Councillor Kamaljit Kaur, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services, Hounslow Council, said: “Using a Freedom Pass that doesn’t belong to you is fraud, as simple as that. It is very easy to report when a pass is no longer required and we urge residents to do that.

“Sadly the situation as to why the pass is no longer needed is mainly due to a person passing away, which we know is a difficult time for the family and friends of that resident and that will always be respected. But we do need to know by law that it is no longer in use by that person.

“The consequences of using a pass that is not yours could lead to prosecution.”

Overall the Council provide 3,806 Disabled Persons Freedom Passes and 33,636 Older Persons Freedom Passes to residents across the borough.