No change to free bus pass age

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.”

1 reply
  1. Joe Dalrymple
    Joe Dalrymple says:

    Now that Holyrood has a degree of control over HMRC revenue I make below a suggestion for additional progressive taxation which is likely to meet mostly with approval than not.
    I am an adequately well off pensioner. When I make full use of my free bus pass I feel guilty when I see youngsters doling out pound coins or even notes for their commuting.
    I am aware that paying passengers can use contactless devices linked to their bank accounts as a means of paying the fare. If these devices can be thus used then each “free” bus pass can be constructed to link to the owner’s HMRC national insurance number, with the following conditions:
    1. Each swipe of the pass over the vehicle detector should be deemed by HMRC as an income of 50p (inflation index linked).
    2. Only one valid swipe allowed in any 15 minute period.
    3. HMRC can make available a yearly use rate on request.
    4. If a ticket dispenser fails then no income is perceived to have been received.
    5. Each ticket receipt should be sequentially numbered for the user’s benefit.
    6. HMRC issues one code per NI number and revokes the previous code if the owner requires a new code.
    The above scheme would be progressive in that the poorest would not suffer additional tax. Only those overshooting their tax allowance would hardly notice, but I’m sure HMRC would be thankful of the difference.
    It would make sense for the same policy to be applied to winter heating allowance


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