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Parliament: National Concession

Parliament is currently debating a National Concession for travel, meaning that concessionary will be available outside London. If for example you are Deaf and live in London, you will be eligible for a Freedom Pass allowing you free access to public transport in London. However, coverage over the rest of the country is patchy. Debate is happening whether concession should be applied nationally, and this includes Deaf people:

Michael Lord (Central Suffolk & North Ipswich, Deputy-Speaker)

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following amendments:

No. 6, page 2, line 14, at end insert—

'(4A) For the purposes of this section a disabled person is a person who—


(b) is profoundly or severely deaf,

Source: They Work for You, Hansard

Does anyone know if a 'national concession' means say, you live in Cornwall would your concession be restricted to Cornwall only, or could you travel and say use a concessionary card in London or Birmingham for local travel?

One point I want to make about this, it is well known how much Deaf people love their "bus pass" over here, and its about the one issue that can stir political passions in the most apathetic of people. If you have attended any community debates, you may have witnessed Deaf people going way off point from the subject matter and start talking about bus passes. My question, financial consideration aside: what is the justification for Deaf people having concessionary travel? Does concessionary travel exist in other countries?

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