Date lodged: 15 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on introducing free or discounted travel for (a) part- and (b) full-time carers.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 28 March 2017
There is a range of support available to carers in Scotland funded by the Scottish Government and local authorities.
Although the National Concessionary Travel Scheme does not contain specific eligibility criteria for carers, eligible disabled people can apply for a companion concessionary travel card which allows the card holder and a companion (who may be a carer) to travel together free of charge for the same bus journey.
In addition, a substantial number of carers qualify for free bus travel under the National Concessionary Travel Scheme because they are aged 60 or over. Younger carers may also benefit from the National Concessionary Travel Scheme for Young People, which provides discounts on bus and rail travel for all young people living in Scotland aged 16 to 18 and full time volunteers up to age 25.