Labour slams ‘misery’ of bus grant cut

Labour today accused the Scottish Government of “causing real misery” by cutting grants to bus operators.

In a debate at the Scottish Parliament, transport spokeswoman Elaine Murray demanded the SNP reconsider changes made to the Bus Services Operators’ Grant, including a 17 per cent cut, which have been blamed for recent fare rises and service cuts.

She said: “The SNP seems oblivious to the fact its decisions are causing real misery in local communities across Scotland. Buses can be a lifeline for many in our communities, particularly for those on low incomes.

“Fares are soaring out of control, services are being slashed and hundreds of bus staff are losing their jobs.”

Transport Minister Keith Brown claimed soaring fuel costs – diesel prices up 57 per cent in the last five years – were the biggest factor in fare rises.