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Transport Scotland: Concessionary travel schemes: FOI release

Published: 14 May 2020

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
14 May 2020
Transport Scotland: Concessionary travel schemes: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000027895
Date received: 11 Apr 2020
Date responded: 12 May 2020
Information requested
  • The yearly amount that the Government funded bus and coach concessionary schemes for old age pensioners and disabled people in the last 10 years.
  • The explanation on how the Government refunds concessionary schemes today.
Response

The total amount reimbursed by Transport Scotland each payment year, to Scottish bus operators for Concessionary Travel is detailed in the table below:
Concessionary Fares (Please note this figure is rounded to the nearest million)

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

£187m

£175m

£181m

£199m

£190m

£190m

£189m

£194m

£195m

£202m

* The total amount reimbursed for payment year 2019/20 (which ended on 31 March 2020) is yet to be confirmed as claims are still being received and validated.
Please see the attached link to the Scottish Transport Statistics for 2019, which provides the published figures and information in relation to Concessionary Travel. The relevant pages for this information are pages 56 – 68.
https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/47300/scottish-transport-statistics-2019.pdf
In regards to how the Government refunds concessionary travel, please see the attached document (Annex 1) which provides this information.

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