On board with bus campaign

Michael McMahon MSP with members of ENABLE Scotland to promote #stopthebus campaign
Michael McMahon MSP with members of ENABLE Scotland to promote #stopthebus campaign

Uddingston and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon has pledged his support to ENABLE Scotland’s #stopthebus campaign.

Mr McMahon joined members of the charity as they highlighted the need to improve access to the concessionary bus travel scheme for people who have learning disabilities.

He said: “The scheme was introduced in 2006 to provide concessionary travel for disabled people. However a gap in the scheme means people who have learning disabilities are missing out.

“Many people who have learning disabilities receive low rate mobility Disability Living Allowance (DLA), which is awarded because they need a bit of extra support to get out and about.

“However, Scottish Government’s current policy says that only disabled people who receive higher rates of DLA can qualify for a bus pass.

“This means that too many people who have learning disabilities are being denied access to a scheme that could provide them with the means to travel, and more importantly be part of their community.  

“For people who have learning disabilities the scheme provides more than financial support; it brings accessibility and independence.

“Having a bus pass removes the psychological barriers to independent travel, it is a lifeline – a bus pass to independent living.”

ENABLE Scotland’s assistant director for campaigns and membership Jan Savage added: “Our members identified #stopthebus as a campaigning priority for us last year.

“This is not about money. A bus pass is just that bit of extra support that makes the difference between people with learning disabilities being able to get out in their community and take up opportunities to work and study, and being isolated and reliant on others to get anywhere.”

For more information visit www.enable.org.uk.