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Bus Services: Pensioners

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been allocated to subsidise national bus travel for pensioners in each of the next three years. (193796)

In England the Government are providing the following through a special grant just to cover the additional cost of the statutory minimum England-wide bus concession from 1 April:

£ million

2008-09

£212

2009-10

£217

2010-11

£223

Funding for the existing statutory concession is provided through revenue support grant. As such it is not possible to precisely determine the total figure for this element for each of the next three years.

In addition, the Government paid a grant of over £31 million in total to travel concession authorities (TCAs) in England outside London in this financial year (2007-08) to cover the cost of issuing concessionary travel passes. The passes grant to each TCA is based on an allowance of £4 for each pass currently in circulation, uplifted by 20 per cent. to recognise that the new concession is likely to be more attractive than the existing one.