Thursday, June 20, 2013

Progress with the National Entitlement Card

Yesterday, along with a number of councillor colleagues, I attended a briefing from City Council officers on progress with the National Entitlement Card (NEC).

For many people in the city, the NEC is their concessionary bus pass, but it can actually cover a whole host of services from library card, taxi travel for disabled people, leisure membership, cashless catering in schools, council staff ID cards, on-line learning, and much more.

Dundee is leading the field in Scotland as the lead authority for NEC and the update yesterday was extremely useful.   I have called for swift progress to achieve roll-out of the 'Saltire Card', the proposed Scottish equivalent of London's Oyster Card and see this as a way the NEC can make a real difference in making public transport both joined-up and more affordable.