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Concessionary Fare Scheme

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total cost of implementing the Government's concessionary fare scheme. (76588)

The Government are providing an extra £350 million for 2006-07 and a further £367.5 million for 2007-08 to fund free off-peak local bus travel for people aged 60 and over and disabled people. The Chancellor announced in the Budget that the free local bus travel entitlement would be extended further to national bus travel from April 2008, for which Treasury earmarked up to an additional £250 million per year.