'I am very pleased to announce that£5m is being awarded to local authorities in Wales for bus services. Buses are at the heart of the assembly's integrated transport policy, and this money will provide extra help to local authorities in securing subsidised local bus services for its communities.
'Subsidised bus services are vital for many people to reach essential services and facilities, including healthcare, leisure, social events and keeping in touch with friends and relatives. In addition to promoting mobility and social inclusion, this funding will help make buses an increasingly attractive and realistic alternative to the car for more journeys.'
For 2000-01, the distribution of the£3m again reflects the sparsity of population in electoral wards (ie those in which the population density is less than four persons per hectare). The balance of£2m has been determined on the basis of total population figures. The method of allocation has been agreed with the Welsh Local Government Association.
Full details of the grant allocations and the conditions attached to it are set out in Special Grant Report (Wales) 2000. Copies of the Report and the associated Notes for Guidance are being sent to local authorities. The allocations to individual authorities are set out in the attached table.
BUS SUBSIDY GRANT SCHEME 2000-01
Amounts payable to authorities
Isle of Anglesey
Neath Port Talbot
Rhondda Cynon Taff
Vale of Glamorgan