Con­ces­sion­ary bus pass must be pro­tected

Paisley Daily Express - - The Neil Deal -

Labour in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment in­tro­duced the con­ces­sion­ary travel scheme for older peo­ple and dis­abled peo­ple in 2006 and to­day 1.3 mil­lion peo­ple are free bus passh­old­ers.

De­spite promis­ing to pro­tect the bus pass, the SNP Gov­ern­ment in Ed­in­burgh have cut the bus pass bud­get by £9.5 mil­lion and they are now con­sult­ing on the fu­ture of the scheme, hav­ing failed to rule out rais­ing the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria from 60 to 65. The bus pass rep­re­sents a ma­jor in­vest­ment in pub­lic trans­port. It is a way of keep­ing com­mu­ni­ties con­nected, a hand-up to peo­ple on mod­est in­comes work­ing to­wards re­tire­ment and a preventative mea­sure to stop so­cial iso­la­tion.

It is a life­line to many and it must be pro­tected. You have un­til the Novem­ber 17 to have your say on the fu­ture of the bus pass as part of the of­fi­cial con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise.

Find out more at www.con­sult. scot­land.gov.uk

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