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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13518: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what research it has carried out on extending concessionary travel passes to people in rural areas aged up to 26 who are in (a) further education and (b) the first year of employment; how much it would cost to introduce this; whether it plans to do so and, if so, by what date.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 3 January 2018

The Scottish Government is committed to introducing a Job Grant, comprising a cash payment and a 3 month bus pass, for young people aged 16-24 years who have been unemployed for 6 months or more. We are currently engaging with local partners, as well as young people, to develop the detail of the Grant and we will announce a date for implementation in due course.

In addition, we have consulted on our pledge to provide free bus travel to young modern apprentices, many of whom will be undertaking further education as part of their apprenticeships. We estimate that it would cost around £8 million per annum to provide free bus travel to all Modern Apprentices aged under 21 and around
£16 million to extend the offer to all Modern Apprentices. We will be working next year with our partners to develop a pilot Scheme for Modern Apprentices.