Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Suffolk: Rural bus services in county suffer huge cut in subsidies – Labour

08:00 18 April 2014

Rural bus subsidies are cut

Rural bus subsidies are cut

Subsidies for rural bus services in Suffolk saw some of the biggest cuts in the country over the last four years according to new figures compiled by the Labour Party.

shares

The amount spent supporting uneconomic bus services in the county was cut by half between 2010/11 and 2013/14. Only Northamptonshire with a 55% cut saw a more dramatic reduction in support for its rural buses.

Freedom of information requests by shadow local government minister Hilary Benn found that bus services across shire counties and unitary authorities had seen their grants cut by an average of 23% and 24% respectively.

Shire counties have cut their subsidies by 23% from an average of £5.62million in 2010/11 to £4.34m in 2013/14, while unitary authorities have undergone cuts of 24% from an average of £1.2m in 2010/11 to £0.91m in 2013/14.

In Suffolk the major cuts came in the budget of 2011, but the county council tried to ensure that no communities were left totally cut off from public transport.

Graham Newman has become cabinet member for transport since the cuts were introduced, but said the authority had no alternative but to cut subsidies.

He said “It’s all well and good the Labour party complaining about the reduction in bus subsidies. The sad fact is that Labour left this country bankrupt when they were voted out of power in 2010.

“The Coalition have had to address that issue, and local authority budgets have traditionally been the first call for successive Governments of all political colours when savings have been required.

“But here in Suffolk, we have largely maintained our supported passenger transport network since 2011, and in fact some services have flourished since that time, after becoming commercially operated.

“We have seen the return of some evening and Sunday services, particularly in the Bury St Edmunds area.

“SCC’s passenger transport team have worked hard with operators to produce profitable routes, and where that has not been possible, have introduced services like Demand Responsive Transport and have further supported Community Transport operators.”

Opposition transport spokeswoman Sanda Gage said: “While Suffolk County Council continues to focus on cutting funding rather than subsiding rural bus services, we will continue to read of bus routes being dropped by operators, communities without a regular bus service, and young people unable to get to work placements or training.

“I have recently asked that Graham Newman looks to extend the Endeavour Card age range from 16-19 to 16-24 years and offer it automatically to all apprentices, funded by the council.”

shares

3 comments

  • If it was up to Labour we`d all be travelling by donkey!

    Report this comment

    Supernova6

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • This is a party political broad cast by the Labour Party , on news over 3 years old ,

    Report this comment

    pandy

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Graham, so much for taking responsibility for your own department! Of course you weren't to blame for the economy, you were in charge of the Education authority at the time...how is Suffolk and it's schools doing now? Do you take responsibility for them instead?

    Report this comment

    Conan67

    Friday, April 18, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Inspector Julian Ditcham of the roads policing unit breath tests a motorist.

A drink-driver began doing press-ups in a desperate attempt to bring his alcohol reading down when breath-tested, a court heard.

Junior Doctors Strike at Ipswich Hospital

Junior doctors at Ipswich Hospital are among those taking part in the second organised 24-hour strike in a protest over pay and conditions.

The victims lived in Park North, off Westerfield Road

An elderly woman woke at night to find two burglars in her bedroom, a court has heard.

The accident happened on the A12 at Chelmsford

A man has died following a collision on the A12 southbound near Chelmsford this morning.

COURT: A burglar who stole £880 of premium champagne was traced after leaving fingerprints at the scene of the crime.

An Ipswich woman accused of helping herself to £27,000 of her 25-year-old son’s money while he was in a care home has been found guilty of fraud.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

We British relish the chance to lampoon our political top brass... Tom Potter talks to a Suffolk satirist taking a swipe at the establishment with a stage musical

Do you know where this church is?

Take a look at our selection of photos - how many Suffolk churches can you identify?

The advert for a consultant to work on assignment for Suffolk County Council Schools Choice traded service was posted on a number of job websites last month. Pic: David Davies/PA Wire.

A company working with Suffolk County Council to improve education standards has advertised for a £500-a-day consultant to join on a short-term basis.

The remains of a Roman Monumental Arcade, which
formed part of the gateway to Claudius Temple, has been discovered.

Experts have come across the ruins of a 120-metre-long arcade, which provided a frontage to the Temple of Claudius, in Colchester.

Suffolk County Council deputy leader Christopher Hudson.

Suffolk County Council deputy leader Christopher Hudson has denied allegations made against him when asked by party bosses.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24