Local Transport Today is the authoritative, independent journal for transport decision makers. Analysis, Comment & News on Transport Policy, Planning, Finance and Delivery since 1989.

Slump in car trips hits town hall coffers

Local Government

18 April 2020
Parking: lost income
Parking: lost income

 

Covid-19 could cost councils much more than the amount of emergency support the Government has made available to them.

Surrey County Council estimates that the virus will cost it £61.4m in the first half of 2020/21. This includes additional expenditure, a shortfall in income, and £18m of budgeted efficiencies that are unlikely to be realised.

Surrey received £25.2m from the Government’s £1.6bn emergency funding for councils in England that was announced in March. Of this, £1.4bn was based on the adult social care funding formula and the remaining £0.2bn on general need.    

Car parking is one of the big income losses for councils. Many have suspended on-street and off-street charges and far fewer motorists are using car parks anyway because of the movement restrictions imposed on the public by the Government. 

Surrey may waive parking charges for a period after the Covid-19 restrictions end. It says a car parking charge “amnesty” for shoppers/residents for a period after Covid-19 would support the “revitalisation of our high streets and retail centres”.

Brighton & Hove City Council had budgeted for on- and off-street parking income of £39.5m in 2020/21 but Covid-19 will reduce this substantially.

Neighbouring East Sussex County Council has deferred planned increases to on-street pay and display and permit charges that were due for implementation on 27 April until at least 1 July. The changes were expected to generate an extra £2.0m a year.

Transport Infrastructure Commissioning Officer
Somerset County Council
Taunton
£30,451 to £34,728
Principal Transport Modeller
Department for Transport
London, Birmingham or Leeds
Salary Minimum: £54,105 (London) or £48,774 (National)
Strategic Transport Lead
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Blackburn with Darwen
£42,821 - £46,845
View all Vacancies
 
Search
 
 
 

TransportXtra is part of Landor LINKS

© 2022 TransportXtra | Landor LINKS Ltd | All Rights Reserved

Subscriptions, Magazines & Online Access Enquires
[Frequently Asked Questions]
Email: subs.ltt@landor.co.uk | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7091 7959

Shop & Accounts Enquires
Email: accounts@landor.co.uk | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7091 7855

Advertising Sales & Recruitment Enquires
Email: daniel@landor.co.uk | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7091 7861

Events & Conference Enquires
Email: conferences@landor.co.uk | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7091 7865

Press Releases & Editorial Enquires
Email: info@transportxtra.com | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7091 7875

Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions | Advertise

Web design sussex by Brainiac Media 2020