North Yorkshire bus subsidy cuts may be almost double than originally planned

York Press: North Yorkshire bus subsidy cuts may be almost double than originally planned North Yorkshire bus subsidy cuts may be almost double than originally planned

COUNCIL officials are pushing for £2 million cuts from North Yorkshire’s bus subsidies – almost double what was originally planned – to help balance the books at the authority.

The council’s executive is set to meet on Tuesday to make its final decision on bus subsidies, and is faced with a choice between a smaller £1.3 million cut which could save many routes, or the full £2 million scheme to help plug a hole in the council’s budget.

After initial plans to save £1.1 million, transport bosses now want to make the bigger cuts, despite impassioned campaigns from residents and community groups.

Their report stresses the wider budget pressures the county council is facing, and says the harsher bus subsidy cuts will help in the struggle to meet ends meet as central government grants are slashed.

Withdrawing the subsidy from town services and other poorly performing services, as well as some changes in school buses, would together save £1.3 million without touching the wider bus network, the report says, but it urges councillors to approve the deeper cuts.

It said: “It is essential that the council recognises that these proposals are part of a whole council approach and the council should consider the potential benefits of realising the full saving amount estimated at £2m a year.

“Further, the council will need to consider further reductions in expenditure on bus services from 2015 onwards, and this will be subject to further consultation in due course.”

A public consultation which ran before Christmas gave people chance to have their say on the proposals, and many older people responded, saying they would be happy to pay for their bus travel rather than relying on free passes, to help keep services running in their areas.

The report, to be considered on Tuesday, says the county council should continue lobbying central government about the financial strain free bus travel for older people places on their tranport services.

Members of the public can attend the meeting on Tuesday and make short statements to the executive committee.

Once agreed, any bus service cuts will come into force in April and May, while school bus changes – set to be decided on Tuesday – will be introduced in time for the next academic year in September.

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9:19am Fri 17 Jan 14

Roger S says...

If we have to drive everywhere, have no services or hospitals nearby and have useless free bus passes unlike our compatriots, give us a fuel rebate then...
If we have to drive everywhere, have no services or hospitals nearby and have useless free bus passes unlike our compatriots, give us a fuel rebate then... Roger S

9:25am Fri 17 Jan 14

Zetkin says...

So much for the Tories looking after the countryside.

Another nail in the coffin for some rural communities.
So much for the Tories looking after the countryside. Another nail in the coffin for some rural communities. Zetkin

9:47am Fri 17 Jan 14

Dick Turpin says...

So much for getting people back on public transport.
So much for getting people back on public transport. Dick Turpin

12:21pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Stevie D says...

So having had a consultation on cutting the budget by £1m, they're now going to cut it by double that ... where's the consultation now? How can we have our say on the new cuts?
So having had a consultation on cutting the budget by £1m, they're now going to cut it by double that ... where's the consultation now? How can we have our say on the new cuts? Stevie D

1:22pm Fri 17 Jan 14

perplexed says...

Zetkin wrote:
So much for the Tories looking after the countryside.

Another nail in the coffin for some rural communities.
Cameron can't subsidise our own rural communities but can subsidise Chinese Government £27m to help put 'transport' on the moon with its latest rover. Something very wrong indeed !
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: So much for the Tories looking after the countryside. Another nail in the coffin for some rural communities.[/p][/quote]Cameron can't subsidise our own rural communities but can subsidise Chinese Government £27m to help put 'transport' on the moon with its latest rover. Something very wrong indeed ! perplexed

3:23pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Caecilius says...

perplexed wrote:
Zetkin wrote:
So much for the Tories looking after the countryside.

Another nail in the coffin for some rural communities.
Cameron can't subsidise our own rural communities but can subsidise Chinese Government £27m to help put 'transport' on the moon with its latest rover. Something very wrong indeed !
Cameron doesn't subsidise rural communities.

People who live in towns and cities subsidise rural communities, through taxation and through paying higher prices to cover the additional cost of delivering services to remote areas..
[quote][p][bold]perplexed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: So much for the Tories looking after the countryside. Another nail in the coffin for some rural communities.[/p][/quote]Cameron can't subsidise our own rural communities but can subsidise Chinese Government £27m to help put 'transport' on the moon with its latest rover. Something very wrong indeed ![/p][/quote]Cameron doesn't subsidise rural communities. People who live in towns and cities subsidise rural communities, through taxation and through paying higher prices to cover the additional cost of delivering services to remote areas.. Caecilius

9:34pm Fri 17 Jan 14

daveyboy25 says...

These free passes have come at a massive cost, why not go back to the old pay half fare
These free passes have come at a massive cost, why not go back to the old pay half fare daveyboy25

2:56am Sat 18 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Stevie D wrote:
So having had a consultation on cutting the budget by £1m, they're now going to cut it by double that ... where's the consultation now? How can we have our say on the new cuts?
Exactly... after having had a consultation, they've decided to make the situation WORSE. It's just beyond belief.
[quote][p][bold]Stevie D[/bold] wrote: So having had a consultation on cutting the budget by £1m, they're now going to cut it by double that ... where's the consultation now? How can we have our say on the new cuts?[/p][/quote]Exactly... after having had a consultation, they've decided to make the situation WORSE. It's just beyond belief. Magicman!

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