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Bus Services: Concessions

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 218617, tabled on 15 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme has been in each of the last five years.

Answered on

18 December 2014

Data is not collected on the cost of reimbursement and administration for the statutory concession in isolation, so it is not possible to provide total expenditure figures for only the England National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS).

However, Local Authorities are the Travel Concession Authorities (TCAs) who reimburse bus operators so that they are no better and no worse off as a consequence of carrying concessionary permit holders for free.

The table below summarises reimbursement and associated costs for the past five years, as reported by TCAs.

£million
Methodology2009/102010/112011/122012/132013/14

A. Bus operator reimbursment

(Statutory and discretionary schemes for

older and disabled people)

Not available0.8010.8960.9070.933

B. Expediture on concessionary travel

(Reimbursement and admin for all

modes, schemes and users)

1.0561.0991.1091.1261.165

(A) Statistics table BUS0830:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/356416/bus0830.xls

(B) Statistics table BUS0811:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/387141/bus0811.xls

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