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Travel: Concessions

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason community transport operators are not included in the concessionary fares scheme for pensioners; and if he will revise this policy when the national scheme is introduced. (118509)

Local authorities have the discretion to vary their local schemes to include community transport services based on their assessment of local need and their overall financial priorities. This flexibility will be preserved following the introduction of the national scheme. Any decision to extend the mandatory scheme would require careful consideration of the full impact on the community transport sector and local bus services, and it would have to be fully funded.