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POOR TRANSPORT PERFORMERS SHOW SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT

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The four local authorities whose poor performance led to them having ...
The four local authorities whose poor performance led to them having

transport funding withheld have taken enough positive steps towards

improvement to qualify for the capital funds, transport minister Tony

McNulty announced today.

Thurrock, East Sussex, Plymouth and Southend-on-Sea all scored a

'weak' rating in last December's local transport settlement and each

had 5 or 10% of their allocations withheld, until they could

demonstrate how they intended to improve.

Mr McNulty also signalled that other local authorities whose

performances were not up to scratch could face similar penalties in

this year's settlement, but that it will not be a certainty that

withheld funding will automatically be awarded on improvement.

Mr McNulty said

'I am very encouraged to see that the authorities we assessed as

'weak' have taken such a positive approach to improvement. We are not

in the business of naming and shaming but their poor showing last

year has clearly provided the stimulus to take some necessary action.

'We are serious about the need to improve performance where it is

lacking. Authorities should note that we are certainly minded to

continue with a similar approach next year however they should not

assume that reduced allocations will be returned in this way in the

future.'

Notes

1. The DfT has been working closely with these four authorities and

others in which ended up in the 'weak' category. Many have taken

radical steps including internal restructuring to allow a more

joined-up approach, instigating comprehensive reviews of targets,

improving or setting up new project and programme management

arrangements, as well as making improvements in the way the APR is

assembled and written.

2. The amounts withheld from the authorities were as follows:

Authority Amount withheld Proportion of

Integrated Transport

capital funding

Thurrock £70,000 5%

East Sussex £165,000 5%

Plymouth £329,000 10%

Southend-on-sea £280,000 10%

3. These funds will be now allocated as supported borrowing from the

2005/6 financial year in addition to any funding allocated as part of

the 2004 capital settlement.

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