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Transport: Finance

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the merits of ring-fencing local authority grants to community transport providers. (188055)

The conditions attached to the Department’s grants to local authorities, or other bodies, reflect the particular circumstances of each case. However, it is Government policy to reduce the proportion of total local authority funding which is given by means of ring-fenced grants to enable more decisions about local issues to be made locally.

The level and form of local authority support for community transport is a matter for local decision.

It is for each local authority to determine the conditions which apply to any grants they provide for community transport providers.