Free Bus Travel in Scotland May be Cut
In order to plug a budget hole in university funding, a Scottish Liberal Democrat leader has suggested that free bus travel in Scotland may have to be cut. Under the current system, those over 60 years old ride for free in the country, but he is proposing that new entrants to the program may end up paying fees going forward.
This would be part of an effort to continue to offer free higher education in Scotland, where universities are facing an annual funding gap of 93 million pounds. In England, the Tory/Lib Dem coalition has already backed plans to allow universities to raise student tuition fees as high as 9000 pounds to address the deficits. He said that current economic conditions has forced the society to make tough choices like this one.