Review of Discretionary Concessionary Fares on Local Bus Services and Community Transport (including Car Schemes)


Somerset County Council needs to review its allocation of funds and policy for discretionary areas of support for public bus and community transport services. This is due to a continuing reduction in the amount of funding the Government provides the Council to run local services, and to manage competing demands for services that the Council is legally obliged to provide. We are now seeking your views on potential changes to the concessionary fares policy for these services where customers receive the discretionary concession over and above the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS). Discretionary services are those which the council does not have a statutory responsibility to provide.

The areas of discretionary policy that will be reviewed with a view to reducing or removing for ENCTS pass holders are as follows: 

  • The 50% discount on the cost of the fare (up to a maximum of £5 per single trip or £10 per return journey) when travelling on community transport (including car schemes) will be reduced to a 25% discount;
  • Concessions will not apply for travel between 9:00-9:30am on public and community transport services (including car schemes);
  • The companion free travel element will be removed. 

SCC would like to consult with as many Somerset groups and residents as possible that will be affected by the proposed changes and we would therefore be grateful for your views before a final decision is taken by the Council in 2016. 

If you require this consultation in an alternative format or language, please contact us on 0300 123 2224 and we will be happy to assist you.

Please click on the link below to complete the survey.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    9 Nov 2015 at 09:00
  • Closed
    11 Jan 2016 at 23:59
  • Response to be published


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