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Bus Services: Concessions

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) elderly and (b) disabled people in England affected by the withdrawal of (i) companion passes for those accompanying (A) deafblind and (B) other disabled people and (ii) peak travel entitlement since the introduction of the national concessionary bus fares scheme. (258265)

The Government do not hold figures for the number of authorities offering companion passes and peak travel entitlement as they are not part of the statutory minimum entitlement. Consequently the Government also do not hold figures for the number of elderly and disabled people affected by the withdrawal of such concessions by local authorities.

Companion passes and peak travel entitlement are offered to eligible concessionaires at the discretion of individual local authorities based on their judgment of local needs and circumstances and their overall financial priorities. The introduction of the national concessionary travel scheme has not affected the flexibility of local authorities to offer such discretionary concessions.