Future Provision of Subsidised Bus Services in Staffordshire
Why are we consulting with you?
Staffordshire County Council is asking for your views on the bus journeys it currently subsidises in Staffordshire.
All bus journeys in our county are operated by either private bus companies or by voluntary and community groups and over 90% are not subsidised by the county council. The rest of the bus journeys are subsidised by the county council and therefore taxpayers. In some cases this can be as much as 10 pounds every time a passenger boards the bus, which isn't sustainable in the current climate.
By 2020/21, our government grant will fall to zero so only critical county council services will be funded by local council tax and business rates. We need to protect those services that we have a legal duty to provide - such as adult social care and looking after children in care - so last year the decision was made to review the amount we can continue to pay towards bus travel.
While some councils have stopped subsidising bus travel altogether - we are not doing that. Although there will be less money to subsidise bus journeys next year, 1.3 million pounds will still be available. We have developed four proposed options of how to spend this money on subsidised bus travel between April 2018 and April 2019.
We really want your views on our proposed options and also about local voluntary and community schemes in your area and whether you are already involved in providing transport or would be interested in running a new scheme.
How do I have my say?
You can have your say on options to review bus journeys subsidised by Staffordshire County Council by completing the online surveys below applicable to you.
If you are responding as a member of the public, please complete the online survey found in the 'Give us your views' section below.
If you are responding on behalf of members of the public that you represent, or are an organisation, school, community or voluntary group, please complete the online survey found in the 'Related links' section below.
Alternatively, you can download and print a paper version as follows:
Please read the supporting information provided before completing the survey or go to www.staffordshire.gov.uk/busreview for more information.
You can also view maps and a list of how the different options may affect bus routes.
This consultation only affects public bus and Dial-A-Ride journeys which are subsidised by taxpayers and not those run by operators on a fully commercial basis.
The closing date for all completed surveys is Sunday 17th September 2017 so please don't miss this opportunity to give us your feedback.
Please post any completed paper surveys to: Bus Review, Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Place 2, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH. Completed paper surveys can also be handed in to a member of staff in your library.
What will happen next?
After the consultation has ended we will consider the views of local people and organisations and Cabinet will make the final decision in Autumn 2017 about which option, if any, will be implemented. Any changes to subsidised bus journeys will take place from April 2018.