In its latest State of the Sector report, the CTA has made six recommendations for Government consideration.
The CTA's "6 Asks" of Government
1 We urge the UK Government to work with national governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the representatives of local government to defend the UK’s unique arrangements for enabling a thriving community transport sector.
2. We urge those commissioning transport to actively consider community transport when developing proposals for socially-necessary services. The CTA and ATCO should work together to recommend appropriate social value criteria around the commissioning of transport services.
3. We urge Government to ensure that all passengers are able to use their concessionary pass on agreed forms of community transport, e.g. Dial-a-Ride, regardless of where they live.
4. Government should heed the ongoing concerns expressed by community transport operators and note that, as non-profit-making organisations, they are less likely to generate sufficient surplus to enable them to build up reserves; it should consider occasional capital investment as a means of support to the sector in all parts of the UK.
5. The Government should support community transport to enable more young and willing volunteers to become D1 compliant.
6. There should be better joint working between health, local government and community transport, with community transport actively considered as a fully funded option for patient transport.