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Bus Services: Pendle

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been given to Pendle council to pay for the implementation of the free nationwide bus travel scheme for the elderly; and if she will make a statement. (202015)

Pendle borough council will receive special grant funding of £268,000 in 2008-09 for the improvement to statutory concessionary travel to England-wide, which was implemented on 1 April. This is in addition to its existing funding for concessionary travel which is provided through formula grant. In 2006-07, the latest for which we hold outturn data, Pendle borough council spent £1,152,000 on concessionary travel. As such the additional funding through a special grant represents an increase of 23 per cent.