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Third Sector Transport Policy Group – Annual Review

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Thu, 02/02/2012

In January 2011 the Third Sector Transport Policy Group (TSTPG) published The contribution of the voluntary and community sector to transport in the West Midlands [PDF, 2.24mB]. This report was endorsed by the Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP, in his keynote address to the TSTPG conference “Driving change in transport through the voluntary and community sector”, held in Coventry on 3rd March 2011.

The report includes a number of case studies that demonstrate the range of transport services provided by the VCS across the region in 2011, together with a series of conclusions and recommendations for the VCS and other sectors to consider. The major issues identified at that time were: funding, opportunities for collaboration and working together, and the need to plan for the transport needs of an aging population.

To mark the first anniversary of this report the TSTPG are carrying out an annual review to highlight any significant changes in the sector and / or the key issues identified. Already we can report some welcomed news, for example the 2011 Budget increased volunteers' mileage [PDF, 36kB] rate and the Department for Transport provided funds to the Community Transport Association to provide advice to rural local authorities across the country. But there are other changes proposed that could have a negative impact on VCS transport, for example Centro/West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority is looking at ways to change the application process for people that use the Ring and Ride services. The consultation is currently out and we aim to provide a briefing on this in the coming weeks.

RAWM’s Policy Associate, Danny Lamb will carry out the review and the TSTPG plan to share their findings at a seminar to be held on Friday 9th March 2012. 

For more information please contact Danny Lamb at the RAWM office by telephone: 0121 237 5813 or email:

To register for the seminar on 9th March please go to: