Since April 2020, Government has issued
emergency funding to bus operators and Local Transport Authorities,
the COVID Bus Subsidy Grant (CBSSG), and continued to pay Bus
Services Operators Grant (BSOG) at pre pandemic rates. The
Government funding arrangement is continuing under a rolling 8-week
notice period. The Bus Strategy states that CBSSG will remain in
place for “as long as necessary”. It is anticipated
that notice to end CBSSG will be given at or around step 4 of the
Covid Roadmap (21 June at the earliest) making the end of this
funding in late August.
The Government has said that further funding will be available to support the recovery of bus fare revenues will be provided for the remainder of 2021/22. It was initially expected that this funding would be delegated to LTAs however DfT officials indicate that the system is likely to continue payment direct to bus operators. However, as this is yet to be confirmed a decision is required by the Combined Authority to agree the strategy and process for managing the potential Government Covid emergency grant funding should it be devolved to the Combined Authority for distribution.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure/Savings > £1 million;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Notice of proposed decision first published: 25/05/2021
Decision due: 24 Jun 2021 by West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Lead director: Director of Transport Services
Contact: Dave Pearson Email: email@example.com.