Funding increase for community transport charity

The Community Transport Association (CTA) currently receives £45,000 per annum, but that will rise to £90,000 per annum.

The charity supports voluntary, community and accessible transport operators in Scotland. It also works on behalf of its members to engage with the Scottish Government. As a member of the Bus Stakeholder Group, the CTA contributes to the development and delivery of bus policy.

Speaking ahead of the ICI Committee debate on community transport at the Scottish Parliament today, Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “Many people rely on community transport to go about their everyday lives, from appointments with the doctor to shopping trips, so I am very pleased to outline this additional funding today.

“The increase will allow the Community Transport Association to enhance and expand its valuable work in Scotland. This will be particularly important to its engagement with people in rural areas and disadvantaged groups.

“The Scottish Government looks forward to continuing to work with the CTA and making sure communities across Scotland receive the services and support they need.”

John MacDonald, the CTA’s Director for Scotland, said: “The Community Transport Association is very pleased that Transport Scotland is able to increase its funding for our work. This will enhance our resources for supporting community organisations who are involved in providing local transport in Scotland.”

Notes to editors

1. The CTA is a UK wide charity that provides support to a wide range of organisations in the community transport sector.

2. Transport Scotland currently funds the CTA £45,000 per annum from the Bus Services Budget.

3. The additional funding will be provided from the existing Bus Services Budget.

Published 30 Oct 2013