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Volume 715: debated on Monday 14 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make freedom passes and disabled passes available to those with dyslexia. [HL506]

There are no plans at present to extend the eligibility criteria of either the England-wide bus concession or the London freedom pass travel scheme which is the responsibility of London councils to include people with dyslexia. Any decision to expand the scope of the entitlement would bring associated costs and would require careful consideration of its full impacts.

However, local authorities have the discretionary power to offer additional concessions to their residents, for instance by extending the concession to include other groups of people. Such enhancements are funded from their own resources, based on their judgment of local needs and their overall financial priorities.