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Bus Services: Concessions

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department had spent on concessionary bus travel for pensioners in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Stroud constituency on the latest date for which figures are available. (321039)

From April 2008, the Department for Transport has provided additional special grant funding to local authorities to cover the extra cost of providing the extension to the concession; which now guarantees free off-peak local bus travel across England to all eligible older and disabled residents:

(a) A total of £2,468,030 in 2008-09 and £2,526,238 in 2009-10 to all of the travel concession authorities (TCAs) in the county of Gloucestershire (which includes the unitary authority of South Gloucestershire council and Stroud district council);

(b) £237,197 in 2008-09 and £242,791 in 2009-10 to Stroud district council.

(c) Communities and Local Government (CLG) continues to provide the bulk of concessionary travel funding to local authorities through Formula Grant. Before 1 April 2008, funding for the statutory minimum bus concession was provided exclusively through the Formula Grant system.

The Department for Transport did however provide £31 million of grant to England in 2007-08 for the cost of producing and issuing the new England-wide bus passes to all those eligible, of which a total of £539,760 went to the TCAs of Gloucestershire; this includes Stroud’s allocation of £40,736.