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Wednesday 28th March 2012 | 15:01
SNP press release
The SNP has condemned Labour scaremongering on buses and said their campaign was further evidence of how desperate the party has become.
SNP MSP James Dornan said the SNP is committed to concessionary travel.
Mr Dornan, MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, said:
“Labour should be ashamed of themselves for this scaremongering and their bus campaign shows how desperate they have become. It was the legislation introduced by Labour that means bus operators have to stick within the budget they are given. So it’s a bit rich of Labour to complain about it now. The SNP maintains its absolute commitment to concessionary fares to benefit older and disabled people across Scotland. So it is completely irresponsible for Labour to threaten older people over the future of this scheme. It is particularly reckless to make these threats when the SNP is not just committed to the scheme but is also extending it.
“In the face of massive public sector cuts, Scotland’s bus companies have received every penny of the £180m promised for concessionary travel this year and we are investing even more next year. But what we really need to help bus companies and motorists across the country is for the UK Government to implement a fuel duty regulator to combat the increase in fuel costs that are crippling all commuters. That is what is really driving up prices and is another reason why we are investing in green buses to cut fuel costs.The SNP has consistently argued for a fuel duty regulator and in contrast the only measure Labour introduced was the fuel price escalator that increased the misery for motorists.
“In fact Labour are the only party in this parliament with a record of cutting concessionary travel having raised the age limit for older people in England.”