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Regular news: Issue 537 22 Jan 2010

Northumberland rewrites concessionary scheme

Northumberland County Council is to change the way it reimburses bus operators for concessionary fares to prevent a possible legal challenge.

Northumberland took over responsibility for reimbursement last April after local government reorganisation scrapped the district councils. The county inherited the districts’ concessionary fares scheme, under which they negotiated a fixed payment to operators each year that bore no relationship to the number of concessionary passengers carried. The...

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