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Bids sought for share of £1m fund

Bids are being sought for a share of a £1 million community transport fund.

The scheme, being jointly managed by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Community Transport Association, is aimed at community groups and charities who want to buy new vehicles to expand services, or replace older vehicles.

John Downie, SCVO Director of Public Affairs, said: "For more than 100,000 people right across Scotland, community transport is a vital lifeline to help them attend important medical appointments and keep playing an active role in their communities.

"[This fund] will help more people to live independently in their own homes for longer and counteract some of the negative impact of welfare reforms, particularly on disabled people.

"We're looking forward to seeing this funding be invested in Scotland's community transport fleet and the big difference it will make to the lives of older people, people with disabilities and people living in rural areas."

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