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Jasmine Chahal made this Freedom of Information request to Plymouth City Council

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Dear Plymouth City Council,

I hereby submit this Freedom of Information request for the following facts and figures regarding bus and public transport provision in Plymouth City Council as of 2011.

We are gathering this information as part of the Save Our Buses campaign. We know that the Government has made very deep cuts to local authority budgets and that local authorities have been struggling to keep their bus networks intact while finding savings. What we want to gather is a national picture of bus cuts, so that we can explain to central Government exactly how their decisions are likely to impact the country. Without this big picture the Government is able to dismiss bus cuts as local decisions. We hope to lobby the Government to give greater financial support for the bus network because we understand that the smooth operation of a whole range of national and local government provision and work is dependent on people being able to catch the bus.

We know that some authorities have already made decisions regarding cuts, some are still in the process of making decisions around how many services will lose funding and some have made some cuts and are considering further cuts. We are trying to get a picture of the risk posed to the bus network, so where you have proposals being considered but decisions have not been made finally yet please let us know.

I am aware of the general figures and information currently on your website, but would be grateful for clarification on the following points:

1) Whether there have been cuts in Council funding to home to school transport, and what changes to school transport provision are foreseen as a result of that cut. If you are still considering proposals we would like to know what these are.
2) Whether there have been cuts to council funding for post 16 education transport provisions, and what changes to post 16 transport provisions are foreseen as a result of that cut. If you are still considering proposals we would like to know what these are.
3) If you have had any scheme for concessionary fares in 2010 for young people please let us know if that will see changes going forward as a result of funding decisions this year. If you are still considering proposals we would like to know what these are.
4) How much your budget has been reduced this financial year for capital funding improvements for bus provision, such as bus priority schemes. Are there, as a result, schemes that you had planned to go forward with that you now have to shelve or undo?

This information above may include, but not be limited to:

Minutes of Council budget-setting meetings and meetings with operators
E-Mail conversations, specifically relating to the requested subject.
Route timings, and drafts of these timings.
Reasons for change and withdrawal of services, where this may occur.

Please let me know upon acknowledgement, if there are any queries relating to this request.

Yours faithfully,

Jasmine Chahal
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Save Our Buses Campaign
Campaign for Better Transport
www.bettertransport.org.uk
020 7566 6489

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FOI Children and YP, Plymouth City Council

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Good Afternoon

Please find attached an acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information request.

Deborah Molloy
Information and Communication Support Assistant
Services for Children and Young People
Plymouth City Council
Civic Centre
Plymouth
PL1 2AA
T 01752 307425
F 01752 307494
E [email address]
www.plymouth.gov.uk

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FOI Children and YP, Plymouth City Council

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Dear Ms Chahal

Please find attached the response to your Freedom of Information request.

Information and Communication Support Assistant
Services for Children and Young People
Plymouth City Council
Civic Centre
Plymouth
PL1 2AA
T 01752 307425
F 01752 307494
E FOIChildrenandYP[1]@plymouth.gov.uk
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Roantree, Julie (CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE), Plymouth City Council

Dear Jasmine Chahal

Please find information requested from Plymouth City Council:

1) There have not been any cuts to council funding for statutory home to school transport.

2) Yes there has been loss of grant funding for Post 16 transport (The Post 16 partnership used to receive additional funding from the LSC). This means that we are no longer able to provide transport for SEN students up to age 21. Transport will cease at the end of the academic year in which the student becomes 19 (unless they started their course under age 19 and are continuing on the same course). We also used to provide 50% reimbursement of travel costs to students travelling outside the city, this has now been withdrawn.

3) PCC is removing a concessionary fare scheme where pupils entitled to free school meals could travel for 60p per single journey. Pupils will now have to pay the relevant bus operator's child fare. This is effective from September 2011.

4) The amount of transport capital funding DfT makes available to PCC fell from £3.5m in 2010/11 to £1.91m in 11/12. This funding is used towards all types of transport schemes, including highway, bus priority, walking and cycling and rail.I'm not aware of any bus priority schemes that we have had to shelve or delay as we were aware that these cuts were coming and planned our programme accordingly. We are investing £19m in the East End Transport Scheme, which is providing a bus priority corridor through the heart of the East End.

I trust this information is what you require.

Yours faithfully

Julie Roantree
Principal Transport & Allowances Officer
Services for Children and Young People
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth
PL1 2AA

Tel: 01752 307537
Fax: 01752 307386
[email address]
www.plymouth.gov.uk

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