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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06736: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of changing the eligibility criteria for free bus travel on women born in the 1950s who are also affected by the increase in the state pension age.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 February 2017

Over the coming months, we will be engaging with stakeholders across Scotland to listen carefully to their views so that we may understand the social, equality and other impacts of possible changes that might be made to the scheme.

This early period of engagement will lead to a more formal written consultation later in the year on ways in which we might help ensure the longer-term sustainability of concessionary travel.

I do not wish to pre-empt the conclusions of those discussions. However. if the formal consultation includes options to change the eligibility criteria for the National Concessionary Travel Scheme, we will consider the potential impacts on groups that might be affected as part of the consultation process.

I would add that I will be meeting representatives of Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) in the near future to discuss the proposed consultation.