The Petition of the New Thundersley Afternoon Townswomen's Guild, the residents of Castle Point and others,
Declares that they object to the proposed reduction in funding for the Castle Point Car Scheme buses, to take effect from January 2010, that this reduction in funding will impact upon frail, elderly and infirm residents who rely on the buses as a means of independent living, and that public transport such as the Car Scheme offers a cheaper and greener alternative to private transport.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to press Castle Point Borough Council, and all Councillors, to reverse the decision to reduce funding for the Castle Point Car Scheme, and to increase support for local, greener transport schemes.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Bob Spink, Official Report, 5 January 2010; Vol. 503, c. 142.]
Observations from the Secretary of State for Transport:
The Department for Transport is supportive of schemes that improve access to key services, particularly for the most vulnerable people in our society. It is for this reason that we provide funding for an England-wide bus concession, which provides the opportunity for greater freedom and independence to around 11 million older and disabled people.
The Department provides over £1.3 billion in funding to local transport authorities in England (outside London) for investment in transport, in addition to revenue funding via the Department for Communities and Local Government’s formula grant. Local authorities are best placed to know what is right for their local areas and it is for them to decide what their priorities should be, within the context of their statutory duties, and consulting with local communities and stakeholders.