Campaign for Better Transport

Dear Cheshire East Council,

I am gathering information on bus and public transport provision as part of the Save our Buses campaign, which maps cuts to bus services across the country. We know that the Government has made deep cuts to local authority budgets, and that this is having an effect on the provision of local bus services. We would like to gather a national picture of bus cuts, so that we can explain to central Government exactly how their decisions are having an impact across the country.

My questions are as follows, in each case only with respect to Cheshire East Council:

1. What is the total budget for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2016/17?

2. What was total budget for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2015/16?

Note: This refers 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. What is the fiscal year 2016/17 budget for supported bus services as a percentage of the total transport budget?

Note: For the purposes of this request 'transport' includes highway maintenance, home to school/college transport; adult social care transport; demand responsive transport; special educational need transport and voluntary driver schemes, cycling and walking, roads spending, supported bus services and fares. Please include the council’s contributions to projects jointly funded by multiple organisations, but exclude contributions from those other organisations and funding streams, such as Local Enterprise Partnerships, private sector contributions, Local Growth Fund, Department for Transport contributions to Local Authority Major Projects, Local Sustainable Transport Fund etc.

4. What proportion of total council expenditure (capital and current) is constituted by local bus funding?

5. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the fiscal year 2016/17 (for example loss of weekend or evening services)?

6. How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2016/17?

7. Does your council provide free school transport to nearest or catchment school, or to nearest school only? If nearest school only, please indicate if this is a change since Jan 2012.

Our campaign also seeks to promote examples of councils which 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.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Lianna Etkind
Campaign For Better Transport

CCR FOI Investigation Team, Cheshire East Council

Date: 22 November 2016
Our Reference: 473133
 
Dear Ms Etkind
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request.
 
Your request has been identified as falling within the scope of Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and It will be treated as a request for information
within the meaning of the Freedom of Information Act: this means that we
will send you a full response within 20 working days, either supplying you
with the information which you want, or explaining to you why we cannot
supply it. 

The due date is 20 December 2016. If we need any further clarification or
there is a problem, we will be in touch. 

In the meantime if you wish to discuss this further please contact me. It
would be helpful if you could quote the reference number quoted above.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Valerie Nelhams
Compliance & Customer Relations Assistant
Cheshire East Council
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

CCR FOI Investigation Team, Cheshire East Council

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Date: 22 December 2016
Our Reference: 473133
 
Dear Ms Etkind
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 22 November 2016.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Valerie Nelhams
Compliance & Customer Relations Assistant
Cheshire East Council
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

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