Over £10 million spent on supporting older and disabled people’s bus passes

A report being presented to councillors tomorrow will show that more than £10.6m has again been spent on supporting concessionary travel for older and disabled residents in Brighton & Hove.

Another £1.45m was spent on supporting some of the city’s bus services and other public transport services in the city.

Members of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee will be asked to approve the latest Parking Annual Report which details the performance of Parking Services in the year 2021/22.

The report shows increases in the number of parking and bus lane penalty charge notices, mainly due to it being the first year of recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic. 

By law, any surplus generated by parking fees and charges must be spent on provision of public transport services or to road, air quality or environmental improvements.

Read the Parking Annual Report 2021/22.

What’s in the Parking Annual Report?

The annual parking report offers an overview of parking in Brighton & Hove, including income from council run car parks, parking permits, on-street parking charges and Penalty Charge Notices.

Among other highlights, the report for 2021/22 shows that:

  • Surplus increased from £15,154,019 in 2020/21 to £20,567,296 – an increase was expected as this is the first full year of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic with more people moving around the city than the year before
  • £10,655,014 of this surplus was spent on concessionary bus passes for eligible elderly and disabled residents 
  • £1,452,756 was invested into supporting bus routes that would otherwise have lost money but provide key services in parts of the city and help prevent isolation.

You can read more information by downloading the full report when it becomes available on our parking annual report webpage, where you can also read previous reports and watch a video which explains where parking surplus is spent.

Looking to the future

Parking Services have undergone a major expansion and modernisation programme to meet the demands of the city and customers. This will continue in 2023 and include further steps to improve technology, customer experience and futureproof the service.

Among the work taking place in the next 12 months will be to:

  • Take forward several new parking schemes agreed by the ETS committee
  • Deliver excellent customer service, including objectives to support equality and accessibility
  • Expand and improve our electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Councillor Elaine Hills, Co-chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee said: “It’s been another very busy time for everyone working in Parking Services and I’d like to thank them all for their hard work.

“The money raised from parking and Penalty Charge Notices is vital to ensure older, disabled and vulnerable people can travel in Brighton & Hove and are not left isolated. 

“Parking Services have gone through some major changes and modernisation in the last couple of years, but the work that’s been done will ensure we are ready to meet the challenges ahead.”

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