Wednesday, 16 March 2016

2016 COMMUNITY TRANSPORT

Local Bus Consultation
Derbyshire County Council are making proposals to cut funding for Subsidised local bus services and Community Transport, one of those being to withdraw funding for subsidised buses from October 2017. Anyone wishing to read these proposals and make a comment may do so at
www.derbyshire.gov.uk/transportchanges or collect a printed form from Long Eaton Library. The closing date to register comments is Sunday 24th April.

On the website the council have made the following statement:
 
By 2020 the funding we get from Government will be more than a third lower than in 2010. We're protecting frontline services and vulnerable people as much as we can, supporting businesses and the voluntary sector and protecting local jobs. We've done everything we can to keep services running while our budgets are cut back year-on-year. We've sold off land and buildings, reduced back office costs and significantly cut the number of senior managers. But the size of the cuts mean we have no choice about scaling back most of the services we provide - particularly when, by law, we do not have to provide them.
It'll mean many of the services we provide will change and some will stop altogether. Legally we don't have to provide subsidised local buses or community transport Dial-a-Bus shopping buses. Like every council, we've got difficult decisions to make about the cuts but we want local people to work alongside us to make these hard choices.
Most bus services in Derbyshire are run commercially without any financial support from us, but we do pay for buses where there are gaps in service. These are subsidised bus services. So tell us now what you think about our future plans for buses that we pay for and Dial-a-Bus shopping buses. There are four proposals:

To withdraw all funding for buses paid for by the council - subsidised buses - from October 2017
To withdraw all funding for community transport Dial-a-Bus (DAB) 'shopping buses' from October 2017
To provide a new, limited, Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service in the place of subsidised and DAB shopping buses
To provide a new, limited, Door-to-Door Plus service for people who currently use DAB shopping buses and who would be unable to use the proposed DRT service.

Who to contact about this consultation
Name Steve Cannon Address Economy, Transport and Transport, Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, De4 3AG Telephone 01629 538148 Email
steve.cannon@derbyshire.gov.uk  
After hearing peoples concerns about their Gold Card the Extra rang Derbyshire County Council they sent us this statement:
To clarify on the position of Gold Cards. Whatever the outcome of this consultation, Gold Card holders will continue to travel free-of-charge on local bus services. Gold Card is Derbyshire’s version of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme which is set by Government and the county council is not in a position to make changes to this scheme. The Gold Card fare which is being raised from £2 to £3 from 1 April 2016 only applies to community transport Dial-a-Bus Services. This is at the discretion of the county council and the price increase is being brought in following a previous consultation where 67 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to pay a higher price.