‘(aa) enabling the Secretary of State to reimburse travel concession authorities where they incur a deficit of over £500,000 as a result of reimbursing individual operators under this Act.’.
New clause 2—Reimbursement of travel concession authorities—
‘After section 149 of the 2000 Act (Reimbursement of operators) insert—
“149A Reimbursement of travel concession authorities
(1) Where a travel concession authority has responsibility for the administration of mandatory travel concessions under section 145A, including the administration and issuing of permits under section 145A(4) and the reimbursement of operators under section 149, the Secretary of State shall reimburse the authority the full costs of administering mandatory travel concessions by means of a direct annual revenue grant.
(2) The Secretary of State shall reserve a proportion of the funding allocated to the mandatory travel concession scheme to provide a contingency fund.
(3) A contingency fund under subsection (2) shall be used to reimburse any travel concession authority for any unforeseen capital and set up costs incurred by that authority in introducing a scheme to comply with this section.”’.
New clause 4—Review of reimbursement arrangements—
‘Two years after the commencement of this Act the Secretary of State shall conduct a review of arrangements for allocating funding to local authorities necessary for the reimbursement of operators under section 3(2) of this Act, and shall lay before Parliament a report setting out his findings.’.
New clause 5—Funding statement—
‘At the end of each financial year after the commencement of this Act the Secretary of State shall make a statement to Parliament setting out—
(a) the total sum of funds made available to local authorities for the purposes of providing bus services and concessionary fares thereon in the financial year just ended, and
(b) the method by which those funds have been made available.’.