[holding answer 9 February 2009]: Before 1 April 2008, funding for the statutory minimum bus concession was provided exclusively through the Formula Grant system, which is administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG). The Department for Transport therefore provided no direct funding to Chorley borough council for concessionary bus travel in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
The Department did however provide Chorley borough council with £69,004 in 2007-08 for the cost of producing and issuing the new England-wide bus passes to all their eligible people. In 2008-09 DFT will provide Chorley borough council with special grant funding of £280,000 for the improvement to statutory concessionary travel; this is in addition to the existing formula grant funding from CLG. The Special Grant Funding represents a 33 per cent. increase in funding over and above Chorley borough council’s declared costs of £0.85 million for concessionary travel in 2007-08.