24 November 2010
Harriett Baldwin takes part in a debate led by fellow-Worcestershire MP Karen Lumley on new arrangements for concessionary bus travel and makes the point that no council should be left out of pocket by any scheme. Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend and Worcestershire colleague on securing this important debate. Does she agree that it would be desirable for councils, whether at district or county level, to be net-net-not out of pocket either way-when implementing the scheme on behalf of the Government? Karen Lumley: That is the point that I am making. The proposal could be devastating for district councils, as they stand to lose significantly more than they spend. The system has been described as a mess by the District Councils' Network. Changes to the formula need to be clear, transparent and accurately carried out, but many councils are concerned that the implications have not been properly thought through. | Hansard