FOUR Barnsley MPs have written a joint letter following the announcement that free rail travel for pensioners will be scrapped.

The news - revealed on We Are Barnsley on February 20 - prompted Michael Dugher, John Healey, Dan Jarvis and Angela Smith to write a joint letter to Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, demanding a fairer local government funding system.

The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) - which enabled pass holders to travel free from on any bus or train service - will no longer be allowed from March 31. 

The MPs would like to see areas receive funding based on need so poorer areas are able to protect the vital services and schemes which make such a difference to people's lives.

The letter said: "These massive cuts are being distributed unfairly and elderly and disabled people in Barnsley are suffering as a result.  

"The changes to concessionary travel for the disabled and elderly are only the latest services to be lost in our area, despite the hard work of Barnsley Council.   

"We want a fairer system which would see areas receive funding based on need so poorer areas are able to protect the vital services and schemes which make such a difference to people's lives."