WQ91904 (e) Tabled on 07/03/2024

How is the Welsh Government working with schools and local authorities to improve school transport links for rural communities?

Answered by Minister for Education and the Welsh Language | Answered on 19/03/2024

Local authorities have statutory responsibility for school transport under the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008.  The Welsh Government has provided £5.5 billion to local authorities in the current financial year through the Local Government Revenue Settlement.

The RSG is not ring-fenced; the funding allocated to each authority is available to the authority to spend as it sees fit on the range of services for which it is responsible, including school transport.  In determining the level of funding required to deliver their statutory duties local authorities may draw on other sources of funding outside the RSG.