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Scottish concessionary fares budget falls by £37m

Rhodri Clark
21 September 2022
A bus service in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute
A bus service in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute

The Scottish Government expects to spend £37m less on concessionary bus fares reimbursement this year than it had budgeted for, because patronage has not recovered from the pandemic as quickly as the government had expected when it drew up the budget last winter.

In particular, young people aged under 22 have made fewer free journeys by bus than expected. The Young Persons concessionary scheme had a muted launch in January because Covid-19 restrictions continued to apply at the...

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