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Bus Services: Concessions

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the administrative cost to the Government of running the national concessionary bus fares scheme has been in each year since its introduction. (298158)

[holding answer 9 November 2009]: Although the statutory minimum concession is funded by central Government, it is administered by local authorities known as travel concession authorities (TCAs). They have the statutory responsibility for issuing passes to those eligible and ensuring that bus operators offer, and are properly reimbursed for, free off-peak local travel anywhere in England.

The Department for Transport does not hold figures for how much it costs each authority to administer the national scheme.