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Concessionary Fares Scheme

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the proposed national concessionary fares scheme. (100912)

From April 2008, about 11 million older and disabled people resident in England will be entitled to free off-peak local bus travel anywhere in England. The Government have earmarked up to an extra £250 million per year to fund this. We are consulting authorities, bus operators and other interested parties on the best framework for delivering the improved concessionary fares entitlement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how free off-peak transport for the elderly and disabled will be funded. (101666)

Up to an extra £250 million per year has been earmarked for the new national bus fare concession from April 2008. No decision has been made on the funding mechanism. We are consulting local authorities, bus operators and other interested parties on the best framework for delivering the improved entitlement.