Date lodged: 26 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many young (a) modern apprentices and (b) recipients of employment grants it anticipates will be supported by its plans to extend the concessionary travel scheme each year; whether each person in these categories will be automatically eligible for free travel, and in what year the scheme will be extended to these groups.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 February 2017
The Scottish Government anticipates that around 25,000 Modern Apprentices aged 16-20 and between 6,500 and 8,500 Job Grant recipients aged 16-24 could be supported by its plans to provide free bus travel to these groups. We will be discussing the necessary processes with key stakeholders, including Skills Development Scotland, local authorities, Regional Transport Partnerships and bus operators, to ensure that the offer of free bus travel to young Modern Apprentices and, later on, to the young recipients of job grants, can be easily accessed.
We are aiming to introduce free bus travel for Modern Apprentices in April 2018. Free travel for Job Grant recipients will come into force when the Job Grant itself becomes available.