Social Inclusion

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 28th March 2003.

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Photo of Brian Fitzpatrick Brian Fitzpatrick Labour

Question S1W-34353

To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in respect of the needs of people in deprived communities following the report by the Social Exclusion Unit, Making the Connections: Final Report on Transport and Social Exclusion .

Photo of Lewis Macdonald Lewis Macdonald Labour

The Social Exclusion Unit’s remit covers only England but we will be drawing the report to the attention of local authorities in Scotland as they may find it useful when developing transport policies in their areas.

A number of the actions listed in the report mirror policies that are already in place in Scotland, for example:

Free local bus travel for pensioners and disabled people (outwith the morning peak) was introduced in September 2002;

The Executive is investing £23 million through the Rural Transport Fund over three years from 2003-04 for the delivery of new and existing services, and

The Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance ensures that the issue of social exclusion is considered in the appraisal of all transport proposals for which the Executive provides funding in whole or in part.

We will be reviewing guidance to local authorities on Local Transport Strategies during 2003 and this report will help to inform that process as we update the sections on social inclusion and accessibility.

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