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Steps taken towards bringing bus services into public control

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The Ferret Media Ltd

I am writing to make a freedom of information request under freedom of information law.

The Transport (Scotland) Act provides local authorities with powers to run their own bus services. This was previously prohibited.

Since the powers were commenced in 2022, please can the council provide details of any steps taken by the council towards taking bus services into public control. This should include any correspondence between officials, officials plans within the council, or scoping exercises that have taken place.

If there have been no steps towards taking bus services into public ownership please can you confirm this.

I would like this information sent as electronic copies.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

The Ferret Media Ltd

foi, Orkney Islands Council

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Dear Sir/Madam

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Request for Information

Thank you for your information request dated 27 July 2023 and received on 27 July 2023. Our reference is FOI 2023-0809. This is being dealt with under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

We are considering your request. We may be in touch soon to ask for further clarification or to offer advice and assistance if we are not able to fulfil your request in its present form.

The legislation allows us up to 20 working days from the date that we receive a valid request, including any clarification we need to make a final response. We will be in touch within 20 working days of receipt of your initial request to provide our response or to seek clarification where necessary. We hope to give you the information you are looking for at an earlier date if possible.

Regards

Katy Russell-Duff
Administrative Officer/FOI Co-ordinator
Strategy, Performance and Business Solutions
Council Offices, School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY
Telephone (01856) 873535 Extension 2210

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foi, Orkney Islands Council

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Dear Sir/Madam

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Request for Information

I refer to your email dated 27 July 2023 and received on 27 July 2023, our reference is FOI 2023-0809.

I am pleased to give the information you requested and hope that it meets your requirements.

All public bus services in Orkney are fully subsidised under contract by the Council with the exception of one service which has been deemed commercially viable.

Under FOISA, if you are dissatisfied with our response, you may ask the Council to review its handling of your request. If you wish to do this, you should make your request for review within 40 working days of receiving this email. Please make your request for review to Service Manager (Governance), Council Offices, School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY or email to [Orkney Islands Council request email]. Your request must be in permanent form (letter, email, audio tape etc) and should state:

That you are asking for a review of this decision, and
Why you are unhappy with the response you have received.

We will issue a full response to your request for review within 20 working days of our receiving it.

Where the outcome of the review fails to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction, you then have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision. You have six months in which to do so following receipt of our review outcome – see www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal.

Regards

Paul Kesterton
Information Governance Officer
Strategy, Performance & Business Solutions
Orkney Islands Council, Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY
Telephone: 01856 873535 Extension: 2241
www.orkney.gov.uk

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