I’ve long felt that bus users in my part of the world – Lancashire in the North of England – get a raw deal. We’ve just heard the the grants that were paid to keep “uneconomic” services running are going to be axed. OK this isn’t the fault of the County Council; the crazy conservative government under David Cameron and chancellor of the exchequer Osborne have reduced the money paid to Local Government. Each year when the County, District and Parish Councils scrimp and save and sack workers and reduce services, what is the attitude of Central Government? Is is “Well done, you’ve shown how thrifty you are, we will reward you by paying a bit more next year”? Is it hell! The attitude is “you managed on £X pounds this year, you must have been over-spending, Next year you can mange with £X minus 10%.”
It annoys me that no-one connected with the council, neither elected members nor paid officers will complain about this mis-mangement of our finances. Yes OUR finances, the money we pay in income tax, council tax and all sorts of other taxes like VAT all goes to central government who are now reducing or totally discontinuing essential services including the bus service.