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Buses

Volume 694: debated on Wednesday 25 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in light of the experience of the operation of the present concessionary bus fares scheme for pensioners and the planned extension of the scheme in April 2008, they have any plans to review the arrangements for the distribution of funds among local authorities. [HL4980]

The funding for the existing statutory concession—free off-peak local bus travel for older and disabled people within their local authority area—is provided through the formula grant system.

The extra funding will be distributed either via the formula grant system or by specific grant (via a formula). A decision on the funding route will be made in due course.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has recently published its consultation on the formula grant, which includes different options for distributing the extra funding via the formula grant system if that route is chosen.