New figures that were released earlier in May have shown that 6,775 people under the age of 22 in Perth and Kinross are benefitting from the free bus pass scheme that the Scottish Government released in January 2022.
The scheme was introduced in Scotland on Monday, 31st of January 2022 to allow young people, who are aged 5 to 21, free bus travel across Scotland. Since the scheme began 300,000 young people have applied and are now using their Young Scot Card or National Entitlement Card to travel around the country.
The Scottish Green Party MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Mark Ruskell said: “The impact of being able to travel anywhere in Scotland for free by bus cannot be understated – it’s a huge step that will save families and young people money, particularly in the challenging months ahead. These are exactly the kind of transformative policies Greens in Government are able to achieve.”
“Three months into the scheme, we know not all eligible young people in Perth and Kinross have yet accessed their NEC cards and some have faced difficulties when applying. Councils have done incredible work to support applications, but there’s always more we can do.”
“I’d encourage anyone who had issues in the application process to get in touch with my office. And if there are some folk out there still yet to apply, now’s the time to get onboard, make that application, and enjoy the opportunity of free bus travel across Scotland.”
Jenny Gilruth MSP shared this information on Tuesday, 3rd of May 2022 that had been published by the National Entitlement Card Programme Office (NECPO) on the Monday, 25th of April 2022. The figures have shown that in Perth and Kinross alone, 6,775 young people have availed of the scheme.
Statistics released by the Scottish Government show that 6,000,000 bus journeys have already been made by people using their free bus passes since they were introduced.
Full details of the figures can be found at https://www.parliament.scot/chamber-and-committees/written-questions-and-answers/question?ref=S6W-07866