Cuts to Lancashire bus subsidies could be illegal
Bus Users UK is warning Lancashire County Council that they could be in breach of Section 63 of the 1985 Transport Act if they go ahead with their planned cuts to all bus subsidies in their area.
The announcement follows news that the Council faces a huge funding gap and needs to save £65million over the next two years. Removing funding for all subsidised bus services will save around £7.5million each year.
However, according to Dawn Badminton-Capps, Director for England at Bus Users, the planned cuts could be illegal: “Under Section 63 of the 1985 Transport Act every Council and Local Authority has a responsibility to provide funding for socially necessary services.
“While Lancashire County Council might save money in the short term, they could face huge costs in the long run defending this decision. Even more importantly, they will cause massive disruption and distress to all those people who rely on subsidised bus services to access education, health services, shops, or simply to go about their daily lives.”
Bus Users is urging people to contact their local MPs and Council members to raise their objections to the plans. To find out more visit http://council.lancashire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=878&MId=5266