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Published on 18 October 2017 08:30 AM

The Scottish Government has announced a consultation on Free Bus Travel for Older and Disabled People and Modern Apprentices. Ministers have said are committed to continuing to provide free bus travel for those who need it the most, and  want to look at options to ensure the longer-term sustainability of the scheme so that free bus travel can continue to benefit those who have the greatest need.

The Scottish Government has also said it is aware of the particular challenges facing younger people and will be asking for views on our proposal to provide free bus travel to Modern Apprentices and companion travel for eligible disabled children under five who are not currently covered by the Scheme.

The Scottish Government has made clear that if you already have a bus pass, or obtain one before any changes are made, you will not lose it. However the consultation opens up the potential for an increase in the age at which people become entitled to the pass, increasing from the current age of 60. This is a key policy for older people and so we believe it is vital that we get the views of as many older people as possible before we respond to the consultation.

We also want to highlight key associated issues, for example access to concessionary travel, and are keen to hear your opinions. Your answers will inform Age Scotland's response to the Scottish Government's consultation

**Please note this consultation is now closed**

For more information: Please contact our Policy & Communications team on 0333 32 32 400