What is Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant (CBSSG)?
Is is a grant from the Dft to help support and restart the bus industry in England during Covid-19
When was it paid to operators?
The first instalment of CBSSG money received from the DfT covered operators between 13 March 2020 to 8 June 2020 split into three 4-week periods. (Please read beneath first table for information on second grant instalment.)
How did we divide the first grant between operators?
We based the payments to each operator on mileage covered on the tendered routes in 2019/20. This was considered to be a fairer system than trying to calculate “lost” revenue for each route. Only contracts let through competitive tender were included as that enabled us to include the community transport contractors as well as Big Bus, but not cover the emergency/de-minimis contracts which were treated as “commercial” services due to the overall value of these to the council.
Payments by operator
Big Green Bus Company
First in Norfolk & Suffolk
Minibus & Coach Hire
How did we divide the second grant between operators?
The second batch of £276,000 (CBSSG-Restart) covered from 9 June 2020 to 3 August 2020. We applied the same basic formula, but this time included the de-minimis contracts as the DfT revised the guidelines to exclude them from the commercial pot. As such, operators included this time around who missed out previously. We were also allowed to reclaim any costs incurred by CloseSuffolk County Council in making buses “safe” during Covid. To date that amounts to £5,242.50 spent on social distancing signs for the bus stations across the County.
|Big Green Bus Company||£564.91|
|Minibus & Coach Hire||£2,289.00|
How did we divide the third grant between operators?
We now have a third tranche of £283,369 intended to cover 4 August to 28 September. This includes an allowance for spending on additional cleaning, signage and social distancing measures as well as for PPE, restart, and safe operating costs on behalf of tendered service only operators. The remainder has been spread between operators using the same methods as in phases 1 and 2.
|Big Green Bus Company||£568.62|
|Felix Taxis & Co.||£373.68|
|First in Norfolk & Suffolk||£29,059.89|
|Minibus & Coach Hire||£2,099.88|
|Stephensons of Essex||£5,431.32|