As most transport policy areas, including buses, are already under the control of the Scottish Government and Parliament, independence will not have any immediate impact on this issue.
If the SNP is re-elected in the first elections in an independent Scotland in May 2016 we will continue this benefit in its present form. Quite simply we believe that the social benefits the scheme provides to the 1.2 million older and disabled Scots who hold concessionary passes are significant.
Independence makes it easier to do this, as the Scottish Government would have full control over spending - unlike the present situation which sees annual cuts being imposed by Westminster.
Scotland chose universal benefits in 2011; a YES vote will open up the choices that will allow the people of Scotland to create a fairer society.