Wounded Scottish veterans to get bus travel permits

Following similar initiatives in some other parts of the UK, The ScotsmanThe Scotsman reports that veterans who were injured while serving their country will now receive free bus travel as part of a package of pledges aimed at making Scotland "fairer".

The passes will be available to anyone who has received a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

It includes those wounded in combat, as well as anyone who suffered injury, illness or disability while working for the MOD, no matter how long they were employed for.

Nicola Sturgeon, deputy leader of the SNP, welcomed the move along with policies on prescription charges and council tax.

"Today also sees the introduction of a living wage of £7.15 to the NHS making the health service fairer, the extension of concessionary travel to injured veterans and the fourth year of a council-tax freeze making life in Scotland fairer for all and saving over £300 for the average family," she said.

"The SNP's commitment to fairness extends across life in Scotland."

The scheme applies to anyone who has suffered permanent and substantial disability, making it very difficult for them to walk.

Elections are pending for the Scottish Parliament on 5 May. In principle it is welcome that initiatives aimed at supporting armed forces personnel or veterans should be seen as electorally advantageous. The armed forces have a good working relationship with Scottish governmental institutions on matters affecting the welfare of personnel and veterans.

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