U turn on buses

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has welcomed the news that Scotland’s pensioners will continue to enjoy free bus travel.

SNP Ministers confirmed last month they were cutting the budget in real terms for concessionary fares by £10 million over the next three years in answer to a Parliamentary Question.

Cathy spoke on the issue in parliament, calling for the scheme to be protected and extended.

“This is an important victory for the campaign to stop Alex Salmond shoving our grannies off the bus,” she said.

“Alex Salmond had refused to guarantee that charges would not be introduced, or that the scheme would remain free at all times, and throughout Scotland. The SNP has been under pressure to come clean on their review of concessionary travel. After weeks of dodging the issue the Scottish Government has finally caved in.

“They are however still slashing £10 million from the budget in real terms, and we will be scrutinising the review for other hidden cuts.”

Labour Spokesperson Des McNulty said: “Alex Salmond has done more twists and turns on this issue than a bendy bus. But if this is his final u-turn then it is the first victory of Labour’s by-election campaign in Glasgow East.”

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