The Scottish Government have confirmed that the age of eligibility will not change for the National Concessionary Travel Scheme and will remain at 60.
A consultation on the scheme closed in November 2017, with nearly 3000 responses received from people and organisations all across Scotland. Two thirds of respondents felt that that the free bus pass should remain available from the age of 60. A similar number of respondents felt that Modern Apprentices should benefit from free bus travel, and an overwhelming number of respondents were in favour of providing companion cards for eligible disabled children aged under five.
Renfrewshire MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the announcement by saying:
“The Scottish Government have listened to those who responded and are not changing the age people receive their free bus pass.
“The concessionary travel scheme enables independence, accessibility and social inclusivity, and I am delighted that we are not only ensuring those over 60 continue to receive this, but that we are also expanding it to include companions of eligible disabled children aged under five.
“The Government will also continue to explore options to provide free bus travel for Modern Apprentices, while keeping the scheme under review and maintaining a balanced budget.”