Bus service provision

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Campaign for Better Transport

Dear Dorset Council,

I am writing to you to request the following information (in relation to Dorset County Council):

1. What was the total net spend for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2018/19?*

2. What was the total net spend for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2009/10?*

*Note: These refer to the Department for Transport’s definition of a supported bus service as: “one where a local transport authority has invited tenders for the operation of a service (not e.g. seats on a bus or subsidised tickets etc), and a contract exists as a result of that tender”. Please, exclude extra sources of funding such as Section 106/developer funding, Community Infrastructure Levy, local authority staffing and publicity, RTPI expenditure and revenue, the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG), Local Education Authority funding for home to school transport, NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport, social services transport, voluntary transport and other central and national government grants or income streams.

3. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the fiscal year 2018/19 and (for example loss of weekend or evening services)? Please state if these are partial (the numbered service still runs but on fewer times) or total (the numbered service is completely withdrawn) cuts.

4. How many and which of the previously supported routes have been taken on commercially?

5a. What was the total net spend on free school transport (11-16yr olds in mainstream education) in 2018/19?

5b. How many pupils was this for?

6a. What was the total net spend on free school transport (11-16yr olds in mainstream education) in 2013/14?

6b. How many pupils was this for?

The information provided will be used as part of a national picture of the effect of changes to central Government funding has had on the provision of local bus services. In each case we are only requesting information related to your local authority area.

Our work also seeks to promote examples of local authorities that have protected bus services, sometimes in innovative ways. Please do feel free to share any information you feel is relevant on how your council has protected bus services.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Todd

Campaign for Better Transport

Freedom of Information, Dorset Council

Thank you for your information request. 

 

Important note:  A new unitary Dorset Council was created from 1 April
2019 covering the areas/services of the following abolished councils –
Dorset County Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District
Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.  You will receive one response from
Dorset Council.  Over time all information requests to Dorset Council will
be answered for the whole Dorset Council area.  However, during this
transition period, it may sometimes be necessary to provide information
based on some or all of the legacy councils. 

 

If you have submitted a request for non-personal recorded information, it
will be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).  Requests for
environmental information must be dealt with under the EIR because
environmental information is not within the scope of the FOIA.

 

You will receive a response within 20 working days in line with the
FOIA/EIR.  If the request will take any longer to process (eg, if we need
to consult third parties or seek clarification from you) we will let you
know.

 

More details about FOIA/EIR requests can be found at

[1]www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/foi

 

If you wish to request information that is your own (or someone else’s)
personal data, it will be dealt with as a Subject Access Request (SAR) and
will be answered within one month.  More details about SAR requests can be
found at

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dorset@infreemation.co.uk,

Dear Chris Todd

We acknowledge receipt of your email to Dorset Council:

Bus Service Provision

If you have submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), your request
will be considered and you will receive our response within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days.

The reference number for your email is DC/113.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please reply
to this email leaving the subject line unchanged.

Yours sincerely,
Dorset Council

Freedom of Information, Dorset Council

Dear Mr Todd,

 

Information Request – reference no. DC0113

 

Thank you for your information request dated 23^rd April, which has been
dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

Please note: A new unitary Dorset Council was created from 1^st April 2019
covering the areas/services of the following abolished councils – Dorset
County Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District
Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council. Another new unitary Bournemouth,
Christchurch and Poole Council was also created from 1^st April 2019. Over
time all information requests to Dorset Council will be answered for the
whole Dorset Council area. However, during this transition period, it may
sometimes be necessary to provide information based on some or all of the
legacy councils.

 

Our answers to your questions are as follows:

 

1. What was the total net spend for supported bus services in the fiscal
year 2018/19?*

£1,237,182.00

 

2. What was the total net spend for supported bus services in the fiscal
year 2009/10?*

*Note: These refer to the Department for Transport’s definition of a
supported bus service as: “one where a local transport authority has
invited tenders for the operation of a service (not e.g. seats on a bus or
subsidised tickets etc), and a contract exists as a result of that
tender”. Please, exclude extra sources of funding such as Section
106/developer funding, Community Infrastructure Levy, local authority
staffing and publicity, RTPI expenditure and revenue, the Bus Service
Operators Grant (BSOG), Local Education Authority funding for home to
school transport, NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport, social
services transport, voluntary transport and other central and national
government grants or income streams.

We no longer hold this information as the retention period for financial
information is six financial years.

 

3. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the
fiscal year 2018/19 and (for example loss of weekend or evening
services)?  Please state if these are partial (the numbered service still
runs but on fewer times) or total (the numbered service is completely
withdrawn) cuts.

None

 

4. How many and which of the previously supported routes have been taken
on commercially?

Not applicable

 

5a. What was the total net spend on free school transport (11-16yr olds in
mainstream education) in 2018/19?

£6,375,828 – this does not include scholars passes on public routes or
payments made to parents

 

5b. How many pupils was this for?

6,700

 

6a. What was the total net spend on free school transport (11-16yr olds in
mainstream education) in 2013/14?

£6,570,242 – this does not include scholars passes on public routes or
payments made to parents

 

6b. How many pupils was this for?

We no longer hold this information

 

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Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can
be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information Team

Legal and Democratic Services

 

Dorset Council

 

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Campaign for Better Transport

Dear Freedom of Information,

Thanks for the prompt response

Yours sincerely,

Chris Todd

Campaign for Better Transport

Freedom of Information, Dorset Council

Thank you for your information request. 

 

Please note:  A new unitary Dorset Council was created from 1 April 2019
covering the areas/services of the following abolished councils – Dorset
County Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District
Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.  You will receive one response from
Dorset Council.  Over time all information requests to Dorset Council will
be answered for the whole Dorset Council area.  However, during this
transition period, it may sometimes be necessary to provide information
based on some or all of the legacy councils. 

 

If you have submitted a request for non-personal recorded information, it
will be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).  Requests for
environmental information must be dealt with under the EIR because
environmental information is not within the scope of the FOIA.

 

You will receive a response within 20 working days in line with the
FOIA/EIR.  If the request will take any longer to process (e.g., if we
need to consult third parties or seek clarification from you) we will let
you know.

 

More details about FOIA/EIR requests can be found at

[1]www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/foi

 

If you wish to request information that is your own (or someone else’s)
personal data, it will be dealt with as a Subject Access Request (SAR) and
will be answered within one month.  More details about SAR requests can be
found at

[2]www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/dataprotection

 

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are intended solely for the
use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. It may contain
unclassified but sensitive or protectively marked material and should be
handled accordingly. Unless you are the named addressee (or authorised to
receive it for the addressee) you may not copy or use it, or disclose it
to anyone else. If you have received this transmission in error please
notify the sender immediately. All traffic may be subject to recording
and/or monitoring in accordance with relevant legislation. Any views
expressed in this message are those of the individual sender, except where
the sender specifies and with authority, states them to be the views of
Dorset Council. Dorset Council does not accept service of documents by fax
or other electronic means. Virus checking: Whilst all reasonable steps
have been taken to ensure that this electronic communication and its
attachments whether encoded, encrypted or otherwise supplied are free from
computer viruses, Dorset Council accepts no liability in respect of any
loss, cost, damage or expense suffered as a result of accessing this
message or any of its attachments. For information on how Dorset Council
processes your information, please see www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/416433

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