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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Consulting on Free Bus Travel for People under 19 

The SNP Government has launched a consultation on its proposals to offer free bus travel for people resident in Scotland aged under 19.  All young carers now benefit from the wider proposed extension to the National Concessionary Travel Scheme. As such, the SNP Government will not legislate to extend the recipients of the Young Carer Grant. Legislation will instead offer free travel to companions of disabled children under the age of five as part of the extension to those aged under 19. Over a third of people already benefit from free bus travel in Scotland. The proposed extension will include to approximately 770,000 young people. The proposals help realise the vision proposed through the National Transport Strategy – contributing to a transport system with reduced inequalities and advancing equality of opportunity.  Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:  “With approximately 770,000 young people expected to benefit these are hugely exciting proposals for our bus sector and for inspiring future generations to engage with sustainable transport.  “Free bus travel will help young people across North Ayrshire access education, employment and leisure, particularly those from lower income families.   “What we propose will help our young people as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst supporting the vision outlined in our National Transport Strategy for a fairer and more sustainable transport system. This will reduce inequalities, tackling poverty and promoting opportunity.”  “I urge young people to make their voice known by participating in the consultation.”  The consultation closes on Monday 07 December and can be accessed here.   ENDS 


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