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
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
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.