Date lodged: 26 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government on what date it will (a) launch the public consultation on future arrangements for the national concessionary travel scheme and (b) announce any proposed changes, and whether the public will be given an indication of its preferred model for the future prior to local elections in May 2017.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 February 2017
Over the coming months, we will be engaging with stakeholders across Scotland to listen carefully to their views so that we may understand the social, equality and other impacts of possible changes that might be made to the scheme.
This early period of engagement will lead to a more formal written consultation later in the year on ways in which we might help ensure the longer-term sustainability of concessionary travel.
Following the consultation, the Scottish Government will publish an analysis of the responses in the usual way and indicate its intentions including the timing of any changes. We do not want to pre-empt the outcome of the consultation process, though we can reconfirm that those already holding cards on the basis of the age will keep their bus passes and that there will be no reduction in eligibility for disabled people.