CBSSG Restart – details of extra £254m funding available for the bus industry

Following the announcement earlier this week that the DfT would provide an additional £254m to assist operators in increasing service levels over the coming months, details of the scheme have now been published.

In summary:-

  • CBSSG Restart replaces the existing CBSSG scheme and will be backdated to 12 May.
  • It is available to operators of commercial eligible local services.
  • Operators who didn’t claim under the original CBSSG scheme can receive funding under CBSSG Restart. New claimants must register by 7 June.
  • Payments will be made every four weeks and the scheme will initially be in place for 12 weeks, although this could be extended.
  • Operators will have to supply details of live commercial kilometres operated and passenger numbers every four weeks. This information is readily available for those operators using the EPM Depot Performance System (DPS).
  • An open book reconciliation process will take place every 12 weeks and at the end of the scheme to ensure that operators have not made an operating profit from the scheme.
  • A template will be provided in due course for operators to claim separately for restart costs, PPE, safe operation costs, etc.

As the first CBBSG scheme draws to a close on 8 June the DfT have also provided details of the open book reconciliation exercise that will take place in June to close off this scheme. This includes a list of specific revenue and costs items that should be included / excluded.

Full details of the guidance issued by the DfT covering the above points can be found here:-

May 28, 2020

DfT-CBSSG-Restart.pdf

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May 28, 2020

TCs-Appendix-1-Reconciliation-Submission-Form-1.xlsx

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May 28, 2020

TCs-Appendix-2-Reconciliation-Worked-Example-1-1.xlsx

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If you have any questions on the CBSSG Restart scheme, then please get in touch with Matthew Hanlon at matthew.hanlon@epmorris.co.uk or on 01527 556940. Additionally, the EPM Support Team are available to assist users of DPS in providing the data returns as required by the DfT. They can be reached on 01527 556940 or at support@epmorris.co.uk.