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Free local bus travel is a life line for many in later life. It helps people to remain independent and access local amenities and services, and can be an important way to keep in contact with friends and family, helping to tackle social isolation.
The Scottish Government’s own report in May 2009 detailed that the concessionary travel scheme was promoting social inclusion. The survey also showed the most popular reason among cardholders for using their card for journeys within the local authority area was for health care and shopping trips.
Age Scotland believes there is a compelling case for relaxing the current free bus travel scheme to include greater numbers community transport routes. Community transport schemes fill an important gap in places where private travel is not possible or the public transport system does not fully serve the needs of older people in the area.
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Transport Scotland is responsible for running concessionary travel schemes which provide free or discounted travel on public transport for younger, older or disabled people.
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