No support grant for • concessions
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• Mr Eldon Griffiths, Under-Secretar for the Environment, last week rejected suggestion that expenditure by loch authorities on concessionary fares should t eligible for rate support grant. The MP wi had put forward the idea in the Common Mr David Clark (Labour, Colne Valle: said this would cause considerable concei among many smaller authorities.
These authorities were not able 1 introduce concessionary fares becatu geographically they were away from ti centres of communication, said Mr Clar and therefore the bus fare subsidy had to 1 greater than in a truly urban area. F4 many of the smaller authorities a penny ra would raise only £1000.
This was a matter for local authorities• decide for themselves, replied Mr Griffith They were spending their own money, at they could make the best judgment of local need of their own people.
• The new single-deck buses to be introduo for the first stage of Runcorn New Tows Busway service in October will be based Seddon Pennine RU chassis, and not on Brisi chasis as stated in CM fast week.