HC Deb 26 October 1976 vol 918 c149W
Mr. Beith

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether arrangements exist to give help through the social security system for the cost of essential bus journeys of elderly people in areas where no system of concessionary fares is in operation.

Mr. Deakins

The basic scale rates for supplementary benefit include provision for expenses such as the cost of local travel, but further help can be given in exceptional circumstances to cover fares for visits to relatives in hospital.