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New figures show success of concessionary travel scheme

 

Roseanna has welcomed the Scottish Government’s continuing investment in concessionary travel – after new research showed that nearly 40,000 people in Perth & Kinross are benefiting from the scheme.

The research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) shows that 36600 people over the age of 60 and 2429 disabled people in Perth & Kinross have benefited from the policy.

 

 

Last week it was announced that a deal had been struck between Transport Scotland and the bus industry which will see £414m invested over the next two years to ensure the scheme continues to provide free bus travels for over 60s, injured service veterans and people with disabilities. 

Commenting, Roseanna said:

“These figures show how important the SNP Government’s deal to ensure that concessionary bus travel continues in coming years really is to the thousands of older and disabled people in Perth & Kinross who are benefiting from this scheme.

“Concessionary bus travel gives folk a greater sense of independence and helps them remain in contact with their friends and family.  Year-on-year increases in funding for the scheme has resulted in older people, disabled people – and now injured armed services veterans too – making almost 147 million journeys last year.  It is vital the scheme continues.

“The Scottish Government’s continued investment in this vital lifeline service is excellent news for everyone who benefits from this service – and I am delighted that people in Perth & Kinross will continue to do so.”

 

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design