Central government – Devolved http://devolved.net/ Mon, 09 May 2022 19:04:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://devolved.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Central government – Devolved http://devolved.net/ 32 32 Muncie Central Government Classroom Project to Provide Youth Perspective https://devolved.net/muncie-central-government-classroom-project-to-provide-youth-perspective/ Mon, 09 May 2022 19:04:47 +0000 https://devolved.net/muncie-central-government-classroom-project-to-provide-youth-perspective/ MUNCIE, Ind. — Students at Muncie Central High School aim to inject the ideas and hopes of local youth into city government with the creation of a Youth Council. Members of Julie Snider’s Advanced Placement Class approached Muncie City Council last week with their idea for a group that would work alongside the city council […]]]>

MUNCIE, Ind. — Students at Muncie Central High School aim to inject the ideas and hopes of local youth into city government with the creation of a Youth Council.

Members of Julie Snider’s Advanced Placement Class approached Muncie City Council last week with their idea for a group that would work alongside the city council and provide a youth perspective on the issues and future of the city. The resolution, unanimously approved by the city council, is the culmination of a class project.

“We started by talking with young people about the things that matter most in our community,” said AP class member Mackinzie Durbin, one of many students who addressed the city council. “We started talking about things like the mall and not having a place to go out and be around. We’ve got the ice rink and we’ve got the bowling alley, but what else is there for the young people of Muncie in terms of places just to be.”

She said the idea was to bring a youth perspective to the council table and create “a more youth-friendly city”.

Young people aged 18 or younger make up more than 16% of Muncie’s population, according to the resolution passed by the council. “Their voices and their values ​​must be heard.”

The resolution went on to say that more than 92% of students said there were not enough youth activities at Muncie. At one time, the Muncie Mall was a place where young people could congregate, but now the mall no longer hosts attractions for young people and the city’s infrastructure parks were in decline.

The resolution says some young people fear for their safety in local parks.

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The central government flouts our country’s constitution: Malwinder Singh Kang https://devolved.net/the-central-government-flouts-our-countrys-constitution-malwinder-singh-kang/ Sat, 07 May 2022 14:55:41 +0000 https://devolved.net/the-central-government-flouts-our-countrys-constitution-malwinder-singh-kang/ Punjab’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has sharply criticized the BJP for shielding a repeat offender and said yesterday’s scuffle between police in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi exposed the BJP in front of the whole country for favoring hate mongers and anti-social elements. Malwinder Singh Kang (Photo credit: social media) New Delhi: Punjab’s Aam Aadmi Party […]]]>

Punjab’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has sharply criticized the BJP for shielding a repeat offender and said yesterday’s scuffle between police in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi exposed the BJP in front of the whole country for favoring hate mongers and anti-social elements.

Malwinder Singh Kang (Photo credit: social media)

New Delhi:

Punjab’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has sharply criticized the BJP for shielding a repeat offender and said yesterday’s scuffle between police in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi exposed the BJP in front of the whole country for having encouraged hate mongers and anti-social elements like Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga. At a press conference at the party headquarters on Saturday, AAP Punjab Chief Spokesperson Malwinder Singh Kang, who has criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party, said that protecting a habitual offender, who since 2011 does not anything other than inciting riots and spreading hatred, is very shameful.

Kang pointed out that Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga is facing numerous charges in different states across the country for his hate speech, incitement to riots and hurting people’s religious feelings. He said that whenever Bagga speaks he only promotes hatred and riots and here in Punjab FIR has also been filed against him for his comments during the assembly elections to create communal tension. Punjab Police acted according to law and followed proper procedure in the case of Tajinder Bagga and even sent 5 notices before going to his house to arrest him. He said the Delhi and Haryana police acted at the behest of Home Minister Amit Shah who sided with the ‘troublemaker’ and given their history it did not wasn’t even a surprise. A Punjabi police officer who went to brief local police was also detained at Janakpuri police station in Delhi. Then the Khattar government and the Haryana Police also interfered unconstitutionally in the functioning of the Punjab Police.

Kang said the most puzzling thing about this incident is that Congress is siding with the same Tajinder Bagga who addressed their National President Sonia Gandhi as a “bar dancer”. This only proves that the Congress and the BJP are just two sides of the same coin. Kang said the BJP has no respect for the law of our country and their actions continually flout the constitution of Baba Saheb, Dr BR Ambedkar. The AAP leader said they have filed a motion with the Honorable High Court to intervene immediately in the case and teach the BJP a lesson.


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Delhi High Court Seeks Response From Central Government To Request For Common Curriculum For All Councils https://devolved.net/delhi-high-court-seeks-response-from-central-government-to-request-for-common-curriculum-for-all-councils/ Mon, 02 May 2022 18:18:14 +0000 https://devolved.net/delhi-high-court-seeks-response-from-central-government-to-request-for-common-curriculum-for-all-councils/ A notice was today sent to the central government by the Delhi High Court regarding a public interest litigation petition filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay who requested a common curriculum in the mother tongue across the various councils, including the Council for the Indian School Certificate. Examinations (CISCE), Central Board for Secondary […]]]>

A notice was today sent to the central government by the Delhi High Court regarding a public interest litigation petition filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay who requested a common curriculum in the mother tongue across the various councils, including the Council for the Indian School Certificate. Examinations (CISCE), Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) and all other school boards

The Divisional Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla gave six weeks to the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Social Justice, Government of Delhi, Delhi CBSE and CISCE to submit their responses to said notice.

The counter affidavits, the bench said, should reflect the policy that the respondents have adopted and propose to adopt in light of the Supreme Court’s 2011 judgment.

In August 2011, the Supreme Court in its order (State of Tamil Nadu and Ors v K Shyam Sunder and Ors) mentioned that a common agenda is needed to ensure non-discrimination under Sections 14 and 15 of the Constitution .

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The petition states that the program of the ICSE, CBSE and State Councils is contrary to Articles 14, 15, 16, 21, 21A and other provisions of the constitution, therefore void and of no effect.

The petitioner, Advocate Upadhyay mentioned that while the syllabus and syllabus of entrance examinations such as JEE, NEET, NDA, CLAT are common to all, the syllabus and syllabus of CBSE, ICSE and State Board are totally different.

“The education mafias are very powerful and have a very strong union. They influence rules, regulations, policies and exams. The questions asked during competitions are not taught in public schools. Thus, the parents are doubly threatened. First they have to pay huge fees to private schools…and then pay unbearable fees to coaching centers too”

-the petition read.

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The petitioner mentioned that it is a sad truth that school mafias are against the one nation-one school board theory. The board theory can endanger the business of the coaching mafias, so they are against it. The book mafias, on the other hand, do not want joint books for their own benefit. This is why the uniform education system up to the 12th grade has not yet been implemented.

The petition suggests that a syllabus and curriculum common to all in the mother tongue will not only achieve the code of a common culture, but also remove the disparity and exhaustion of discriminatory values ​​in human relations and the goal of an egalitarian society.

The petitioner declares a bitter truth that the present educational system is against the preamble which states “socialism, secularism, fraternity, unity and integrity of the nation”. He also mentions that he has broadly divided the students into EWS, BPL, MIG and HIG Elite Class

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The petition also draws attention to the fact

“It does not provide equal opportunities to all students because the curriculum of CBSE, ICSE and State Board is totally different. Although the harmonious construction of articles 14, 15, 16, 21, 21A with articles 38, 39, 46 confirms that education is the most important fundamental right and that the State cannot discriminate on the basis of region, religion, race, caste, class or culture. The petitioner argues that the “right to education” implies the “right to equal education” and that this is the most important fundamental right, as other rights are meaningless if they are not not implemented effectively. »

The Court will now hear the case on August 30.

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Development of Arunachal Pradesh is the priority of the central government – ​​Nisith Parmanik | Odisha News | Latest news from Odisha https://devolved.net/development-of-arunachal-pradesh-is-the-priority-of-the-central-government-nisith-parmanik-odisha-news-latest-news-from-odisha/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 16:03:42 +0000 https://devolved.net/development-of-arunachal-pradesh-is-the-priority-of-the-central-government-nisith-parmanik-odisha-news-latest-news-from-odisha/ New Delhi: The Ministry of Development of North East Region and North East Council, Government of India in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning, Government of Arunachal Pradesh organized a roundtable on ” welfare of tribals and development of border areas” as part of the North East Festival under the patronage of Azadi ka Amrit […]]]>

New Delhi: The Ministry of Development of North East Region and North East Council, Government of India in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning, Government of Arunachal Pradesh organized a roundtable on ” welfare of tribals and development of border areas” as part of the North East Festival under the patronage of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) on 30th April 2022 at Dorjee Khandu Hall, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

The event was honored by Shri Nisith Parmanik, MoS Home, Govt. from India as the main guest and Shri Chowna Mein Dy. CM as guest of honor with Shri Bamang Felix, Minister of Interior, Shri Alo Libang, Minister of Social Justice Empowerment and Tribal Affairs (SJETA), Shri PD Sona, Chairman of the Government of ‘Arunachal Pradesh. Central ministry and state government dignitaries. delegates from Northeastern states, college and university students also participated in the program.

The event began with the lighting of the lamp by the main guest, followed by a welcome speech by Smt. Padmini Singla IAS, Commissioner SJETA/Education, Govt. from Arunachal Pradesh and congratulations from the guests.

Shri Nisith Pramanik Union Minister of State for Home Affairs in his speech expressed his pleasure to witness the unique “Synergy in Diversity” of Arunachal Pradesh. He insisted on the resolve of the central government in the development of Arunachal Pradesh. He assured that the socio-economic development of the remote border regions of the state and the welfare of the local population will be of paramount importance. He also assured that the issues and concerns of the state will be taken care of at the central level and that the projects envisaged for the state will be implemented with all rigor.

Shri Chowna Mein Dy. CM mentioned that the welfare of the tribes and the development of the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh go hand in hand. Emphasizing “Our Culture, Our Pride,” emphasized the role of researching and documenting the rich culture of the state. He also highlighted the state’s achievements in preserving indigenous culture.

Shri PD Sona, The Speaker of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in his address highlighted connectivity issues in the border areas, improving the correlation between forces and local villagers and also called on the central government to consider the conditions and reality on the ground in border areas while framing policies at the national level.

Shri Bamang Felix, Minister of Home Affairs and Border Management, etc. spoke about the efforts made by the State in the development of border areas and capacity building of border personnel. He also talked about the achievements in improving the policing system. He stressed that more concerted efforts should be made to strengthen the state’s financial resources, with the support of the central government.

Shri Alo Libang Minister SJETA and Health highlighted the state’s achievements in tribal welfare. He mentioned that the financial constraints of the state require due attention from the central government and more assistance can be provided for the holistic development of the state.

The technical session had two separate panel discussions – “Development of Border Areas” and “Tribal Welfare”. Experts from the respective field were invited as panelists in the program.

Technical Session – I on the Development of Border Zones was moderated by Professor Simon John, AITS, Rajiv Gandhi University and had the following as panelists

  1. Shri PD Sona, Speaker Hon’ble Speaker, APLA-cum-Chairman, Indo-China Border Development Legislators Forum of Arunachal Pradesh
  2. Shri Shyam Mehrotra, Inspector General, ITBP NE Frontier,
  3. Shri Minga Sherpa IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Papum Pare District
  4. Brigadier AS Konwar, Chief Engineer, Arunank Project
  5. Dr. Tejum Padu, Vice-Chancellor, North East Frontier Technical University
  6. Dr Lobsang Jampa, Epidomologist, State Surveillance Officer, Ministry of Health
  7. Teacher. Ashan Riddi, Head, Department of History, Rajiv Gandhi University

The Technical Session – II “Tribal Welfare” was moderated by Ms. Lisa Lomdak, Assistant Professor, AITS, Rajiv Gandhi University and had the following as panelists

  1. Smti. Padmini Singla IAS, Commissioner SJETA/Education/WCD, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.
  2. Shri YD Thongchi IAS (retired). Padmashree and President of the Literary Society of Arunachal Pradesh.
  3. Teacher. Jumyir Basar, AITS Director, Rajiv Gandhi University.
  4. Teacher. SK Nayak, Department of Economics, Rajiv Gandhi University.
  5. Shri Bai Taba, Vice President, Indigenous Faith and Culture Society of Arunachal Pradesh
  6. Dr. Vijay Swami, Executive Director, RIWATCH
  7. Smti. Ratan Anya, President, Oju Welfare Association

The program was summed up with closing remarks from Smti. Ayushi Sudan IAS, Special Secretary (Planning), Government. of PA.

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By Express press service

NEW DELHI: The central government announced on Tuesday that the health care insurance scheme
workers performing Covid-19 related functions will be extended for an additional 180 days. Called the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP), this program for around 22.12 lakh workers was due to end on Tuesday. The Department of Health said: “It has been decided to extend the policy to continue to provide the safety net to dependents of health workers who are delegated to care for Covid-19 patients.”

The scheme was launched on March 30, 2020. According to the ministry, it aims to “provide comprehensive personal accident cover of Rs 50 lakh to healthcare providers of Rs 22.12 lakh, including community health workers and private health workers who may have been in direct contact and care of Covid-19 patients and may be at risk of being affected.

So far, 1,905 claims related to health workers who died in the line of duty from Covid-19 have been settled, the ministry said. “In addition, due to the unprecedented situation, private hospital staff / retirees / volunteers / urban local authorities / contract / daily salary / ad-hoc / outsourced staff requisitioned by the states / central hospitals / autonomous central hospitals / states / UT , AIIMS & Institute of National Importance/Hospitals of Central Ministries drafted for the care of Covid-19 patients are also covered by the PMGKP,” the ministry statement added.

Specifics of the insurance plan

Comprehensive personal accident cover of Rs 50 lakh under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package

Program launched on March 30, 2020

Target: About 22.12 lakh healthcare workers

Extension of an additional 180 days; this is the second time the program has been extended

Who are all covered: Private Hospital Staff/Retired/Volunteer/Urban Local Bodies/Contract/Daily/Ad-Hoc/State Requisitioned Outsourced Staff/Referral Hospitals/Central Freestanding Hospitals/States/UT, AIIMS and Institutes of national importance / hospitals of central ministries mobilized for the management of Covid-19

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Cost of 16 major central government projects in Tamil Nadu rises by 54% https://devolved.net/cost-of-16-major-central-government-projects-in-tamil-nadu-rises-by-54/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 13:29:30 +0000 https://devolved.net/cost-of-16-major-central-government-projects-in-tamil-nadu-rises-by-54/ There was a 54% increase in the cumulative cost of 16 major central government projects in Tamil Nadu due to cost overruns due to reasons such as financial and administrative factors. This was revealed by Rao Inderejit Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Statistics, while responding to a question raised by MP […]]]>

There was a 54% increase in the cumulative cost of 16 major central government projects in Tamil Nadu due to cost overruns due to reasons such as financial and administrative factors. This was revealed by Rao Inderejit Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Statistics, while responding to a question raised by MP Arni MK Vishnu Prasadh in the Lok Sabha recently.

The initial cumulative cost of the 16 projects was ₹40,068 crore, but delays increased it to ₹61,577 crore. Of the 16 projects, four are railways and three are national highways.

For example, two railway projects approved in 1995 and 2007 were to be completed in 2020 and 2019 respectively. However, they are expected to be completed in 2025.

The reasons for time and cost overruns are project specific and depend on a variety of technical, financial and administrative factors. It also differed for each project. There were public order issues; delays in land acquisition; delays in deforestation of the environment and forests; funding constraints; rehabilitation and settlement issues; permission from local/municipal body and Covid-19 lockdown, Minister said.

However, as indicated by the project executing agencies on the ministry’s online computerized tracking system (OCMS), the main reason for the increase in the cost of the projects is the underestimation of the initial cost; high cost of environmental protection and rehabilitation measures; soaring land acquisition costs; shortage of skilled labour; changes in project scope; monopolistic pricing by equipment service vendors; general price rise/inflation and time overruns.

Regarding the measures taken to minimize the cost/time overrun of the projects, the Minister answered that there is now a periodic review of the projects within the framework of the proactive governance and rapid implementation (PRAGATI) by videoconference by the Prime Minister ; rigorous evaluation of projects; OCMS for better monitoring; establishment of Revised Costs Committees in the ministries for the regular examination of infrastructure projects by the administrative ministries concerned.

Steps are also being taken to set up the Central Sector Project Coordinating Committee in the States under the leadership of the Chief Secretaries to remove bottlenecks and facilitate the rapid implementation of major projects, the Minister said. .

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Central Rera law will not be diluted, says central government https://devolved.net/central-rera-law-will-not-be-diluted-says-central-government/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 12:33:45 +0000 https://devolved.net/central-rera-law-will-not-be-diluted-says-central-government/ The central government appears to be reviewing the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 across the country. Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, while chairing a meeting of the Central Advisory Council (CAC) on Tuesday, said states that watered down RERA rules would be accountable to the Supreme […]]]>

The central government appears to be reviewing the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 across the country. Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, while chairing a meeting of the Central Advisory Council (CAC) on Tuesday, said states that watered down RERA rules would be accountable to the Supreme Court. Puri added, “There will be no watering down of the law. Those who have diluted will have to justify themselves as to why they did so. We will not delete the whole model.

The CAC also decided to set up a committee to review stalled projects and home buyers getting their homes. Failure to comply with orders from regulatory authorities or contracting officers regarding reimbursement, penalty, compensation, etc. will be considered, the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs said in a statement. Puri added that the shortcoming was not in the law, but in compliance. “In some cases, orders are placed but not respected. It’s a matter of compliance,” he said.

Some states have watered down the rules, for example, by defining the term “ongoing projects.” In Haryana, ongoing projects are those for which the license was granted on or before May 1, 2017 and for which development work has yet to be completed. Thus, projects that have submitted their applications at or before the notification of the Rera rules are not considered “ongoing projects”. This means that projects that have not yet been completed but obtained the license before May 1, 2017 do not fall under Rera’s purview.

In Andhra Pradesh, non-Rera projects are those for which, at the date of notification of the rules, the development works have been completed and an application has been made for the issue of a certificate of completion or occupancy; the slabs have been laid; roads, open spaces, equipment and services have been entrusted to the local community in development projects; and the deeds of sale or rental of half (50%) of the units (apartments, houses or land) have been executed

Due to these adjustments in the definition of “ongoing project”, many homebuyers cannot benefit from Rera because their homes are excluded.

Commenting on the structural flaws at the ACC meeting, Puri said builders must take responsibility for the structural safety of projects. Faults or the inability to verify should at the very least mean a full recovery from the builder, he added.

This was the third Council meeting, and it was broadcast live.

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Calls in Cork for ‘radical investment in playgrounds’ from central government https://devolved.net/calls-in-cork-for-radical-investment-in-playgrounds-from-central-government/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/calls-in-cork-for-radical-investment-in-playgrounds-from-central-government/ Labor Party members in Cork have called on the government to increase funding for local authorities to build new playgrounds and improve existing facilities. It comes as this week it was announced that Cork City Council and Cork County Council will each receive just over €16,500 to renovate playing fields in Blarney Park and Garryvoe. […]]]>

Labor Party members in Cork have called on the government to increase funding for local authorities to build new playgrounds and improve existing facilities.

It comes as this week it was announced that Cork City Council and Cork County Council will each receive just over €16,500 to renovate playing fields in Blarney Park and Garryvoe.

The projects are two of 30 across the country to receive funding under the Play and Recreation Grant Scheme for 2022.

The application process was open to all local authorities and each local authority could apply for a project.

Although there was flexibility in special circumstances for a local authority to apply for more than one project on request, funding was capped at €18,000 for each local authority.

Allocation of funding is conditional on the local authority co-funding each successful project with 25 percent of the allocated state funding.

Talk to echoLabor Party councilor for the city‘s north east quarter, John Maher said that while any funding is welcome, what has been allocated is simply not enough.

“We have learned during Covid the importance of outdoor spaces. We have learned what they have to bring, but we only get €16,500 for the whole of Cork City – the second largest city in the country,” said he declared.

“The idea that we rely on small local budgets to build new playgrounds and improve existing ones is simply not good enough.”

This was echoed by local Labor Party representative Peter Horgan, who called for ‘radical investment by central government to meet the demand for play areas’.

Mr Horgan has asked his Cork East Party colleague TD Seán Sherlock to raise the issue with the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

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Mayor backs call for central government investment in flood protection https://devolved.net/mayor-backs-call-for-central-government-investment-in-flood-protection/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 00:20:27 +0000 https://devolved.net/mayor-backs-call-for-central-government-investment-in-flood-protection/ Ashburton Mayor Neil Brown backs a call for central government to support regional councils with a long-term commitment and co-investment in flood protection. Te Uru Kahika – The Group of Chief Executives of Aotearoa Regional and Unitary Councils urge central government to prioritize co-investment in flood protection across New Zealand and say timely, competitive and […]]]>

Ashburton Mayor Neil Brown backs a call for central government to support regional councils with a long-term commitment and co-investment in flood protection.

Te Uru Kahika – The Group of Chief Executives of Aotearoa Regional and Unitary Councils urge central government to prioritize co-investment in flood protection across New Zealand and say timely, competitive and an afterthought from the central government is not a lasting solution.

The group has just released a report as part of its second call for “national leadership and urgent action to address climate change-related flood risks”. An earlier report from 2019 said regional and unitary council investments in flood protection were well below what was needed.

Mayor Brown said climate change was a national issue and taxpayers could not be expected to foot the entire bill for essential flood protection works.

“As the May 2021 floods in this district proved, flood cleanup and repairs take a toll on finances and physical and mental well-being.

“We have all seen the devastation on the west coast since then, and in Tairāwhiti only a few weeks ago. With extreme weather events escalating, now is the time for central government to step in and I support this call for them to engage and co-invest in flood protection works.

Michael McCartney, facilitator of the regional council chief executives group, said it had been almost three years since the initial report highlighted alarming underinvestment and since then 10 larger floods had occurred.

“And that’s not to mention the significant number of close calls where the flood protection infrastructure has been pushed within millimeters of its capacity. Any flood is a significant flood for the people it affects,” he said.

“Despite all this, the closest regional councils have gotten to committed investment from central government – ​​apart from funding for after-the-fact recovery when floods have already caused havoc – has been a Covid-19 recovery fund on three years for some excavators – ready projects that were already planned or underway.

“These are important initiatives, but they have been reactive, one-off investment opportunities rather than a sustained co-investment commitment that addresses the critical flood protection needs of today and the immediate future. .”

Doug Leeder, chair of the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) regional sector group and chair of Bay of Plenty Regional Council, said climate change was an issue of national importance, but the sector was not supported by an adequate national response.

“Not only is significant co-investment funding needed now, but it must also be a clearly allocated line item in future budgets, starting with Budget 2023.”

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Plans to upgrade Somerset’s bus network suffer a setback as central government provides less than a tenth of the funding needed https://devolved.net/plans-to-upgrade-somersets-bus-network-suffer-a-setback-as-central-government-provides-less-than-a-tenth-of-the-funding-needed/ Tue, 05 Apr 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/plans-to-upgrade-somersets-bus-network-suffer-a-setback-as-central-government-provides-less-than-a-tenth-of-the-funding-needed/ Plans to upgrade the Somerset bus network hit a snag, with the government providing less than a tenth of the required funding. Somerset County Council has drawn up a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) following a request from the Department of Transport (DfT) as part of the government’s ‘Bus back better’ initiative. The council has […]]]>

Plans to upgrade the Somerset bus network hit a snag, with the government providing less than a tenth of the required funding.

Somerset County Council has drawn up a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) following a request from the Department of Transport (DfT) as part of the government’s ‘Bus back better’ initiative. The council has submitted a request to the government for £163million, with the plan officially taking effect on April 1 and the improvements being phased over a ten-year period.

But the DfT provided just £11.9million in funding to Somerset out of a £7billion pot – just over 7% of what officers would have thought needed. Transport Secretary MP Grant Shapps said on Monday (April 4) that the funding would help correct the historic imbalance in transport funding in favor of London and the South East.

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He said: “Buses are the most popular way to get around this country – but for too long people outside London have had a raw deal. The investment we are making today to accelerate the revolution buses will bring fares down at a time when people’s finances are tight and help connect communities across England.”

Somerset’s allocation of £11.9m compares poorly to three of its close neighbours, with Devon receiving £14.1m, Cornwall pocketing £23.5m and the West England and North Somerset receiving £105.5million. A council spokesman said: “£11million is well below our aspiration to transform bus services in the county, but we have always known it will take a sustained campaign and not just a single round of funding. to achieve the ambitions we outlined in the Somerset BSIP.



Coaches at Wells Bus Station

“We will be working closely with the DfT to target the funding we have received wisely and to advocate for more. It is likely that a county agreement, much more likely after the creation of the new unitary Somerset Council, will give us the next opportunity to realize the vision of bus services the county deserves.”

Seven key measures have been included in the BSIP to improve Somerset bus services and increase passenger numbers across the county:

  1. Electrify Taunton Park & ​​Ride to reduce emissions
  2. More frequent services throughout the day, including a minimum hourly core network by 2023 with guaranteed services from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a “last bus time” on strategic axes
  3. M5 Corridor Improvements to reflect housing growth and employment opportunities in Bridgwater, Taunton and Wellington
  4. Extension of services in rural areasincluding more transport on demand (TRD) in the evening and on weekends
  5. Cheaper and easy to understand ticketswhich can be used on services run by several different operators – as well as contactless payment and “flat rate urban areas” in Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil
  6. Improvements to existing bus stations in Bridgwater, Wells and Yeovil, and working with partners to create a new facility in Taunton
  7. Stricter town planning rules to ensure buses can serve new residential developments, with financial contributions guaranteed by homebuilders

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The Somerset Bus Partnership, which campaigns for more frequent and better-funded bus services across the county, expressed disappointment with the government‘s announcement – co-chair Peter Travis describing it as ‘a slap in the face for the county and its passengers of bus”. He added: “Only those who believe that a glass 7% full is better than a glass 93% empty can possibly welcome this news.

“Somerset has the lowest rated bus services in England and the second lowest bus journey per person – and yet transport accounts for nearly half of all our county’s carbon emissions. If a local transport authority deserved a generous reward for improving its bus services, this is Somerset.”

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