Campaign for Better Transport

Dear Oxfordshire County 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 Oxfordshire County 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

FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

Dear Ms Etkind,

 

Thank you for your request of 23 November 2016 in which you asked for
information about bus and public transport provision and supported bus
services.

 

Your request is being considered and Oxfordshire County Council will
respond within 20 working days in compliance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  This means that the council will send a response to
you by 22 December 2016.

 

There may be a fee payable for this information.  You will be informed if
this is the case and you can decide if you wish to proceed with your
request.

 

If appropriate, the information requested can be made available in
alternative formats, including other languages, Braille, large print, and
audiocassette.  If you require any of these formats then please let us
know.

 

Please contact us if you have any have further enquiries about your
request.  We would be grateful if you could quote the reference number
given at the top of this email.

 

Kind regards

 

E&E FOI/EIR Co-ordinators

 

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Dear Ms Etkind,

 

Please find attached our response to your Environmental Information
Request. 

 

Kind Regards

 

E&E FOI/EIR Co-ordinators

 

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Campaign for Better Transport

Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Oxfordshire County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Bus service provision'.

Following an analysis of FOI requests forwarded to you, I stumbled across discrepancies in the information that you provided me with. In the report dated 08 December 2016, you reported that your budget for supported bus services is £1.945,016 for 2016/17, and was £3,460,248 for the year 2015/16.
After examining my reports, I found last year's report that stated that your 2015/16 supported bus budget was £1,759,725. Link to it below:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

This is a major discrepancy. Please review my original request, keeping in mind that the budget that I requested is usually listed under "Local Bus Services", and EXCLUDES expenses such as "home to school transport".

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Campaign for Better Transport

FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

Dear Ms Etkind,

 

In accordance with the council's Freedom of Information policy, I will
arrange for an internal review of your request to be undertaken.

 

The review will be undertaken by Alexandra Bailey, Service Manager
Business Development Fleet Management,  a manager not involved in the
original handling of your request.  In line with guidance from the
Information Commissioner’s Office, we will aim to provide a full response
within 20 working days beginning the day following receipt of your
complaint. This means you will receive a response by 13 March 2017.

 

Kind regards

 

E&E FOI/EIR Co-ordinators

 

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FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

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Dear Ms Etkind,

 

Please find attached our response to the internal review of your
Environmental Information Request number 11602 EIR IR. 

 

Kind Regards

 

E&E FOI/EIR Co-ordinators

 

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