To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of estimates by the Local Government Association that there is a funding gap of £652 million for the provision of the concessionary bus fare scheme in England for older and disabled people; and what steps they will take to address this gap in the forthcoming spending review.
The Department obtained a copy of the Local Government Association’s analysis when it was published by the Transport Select Committee on Wednesday 13 February. It is important that we consider this analysis in detail and clarify any assumptions made with the Local Government Association before we respond. The Transport Select Committee has asked the Department for a view on the LGA’s analysis and stated that it intends to publish the response.
Funding to local authorities for the concessionary travel scheme in England is not provided in isolation, but as part of their Local Government Finance Settlement. This Formula Grant funding is not ring-fenced, which enables authorities to make spending decisions that more closely match local needs and circumstances.