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Bus Vouchers (Pensioners)

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will provide (a) petrol and (b) taxi vouchers to pensioners who live in rural areas which do not have bus services; and if she will make a statement. (74171)

I have been asked to reply.

There are no plans to provide a statutory entitlement to petrol or taxi vouchers for older people. However, local authorities have the discretion to offer concessionary travel schemes which give discounted travel on public transport other than buses, such as taxi vouchers.