Although the 80 Services is not mentioned in the article in the Lancaster Guardian, it is on the list of services to loose it’s subsidy.
Interestingly, of all the services affected only these three are denoted as “in partnership” between the Council and the bus operator and the level of subsidised operation is unclear.
Whether there is an element of subsidy for the 81 service from Cumbria and similar for Yorkshire for the 80 is not known.
The villages affected are:
81A Caton, Brookhouse, Claughton, Hornby, Arkholme, Gressingham, Whittington, Kirkby.
81B Caton, Brookhouse, Claughton, Hornby, Wray, Tatham, Wennington, Melling, Tunstall, Burrow, Kirkby.
80 Caton, Brookhouse, Claughton, Hornby, Wray, Tatham, Wennington, Low Bentham, High Bentham, Burton in Lonsdale, Ingleton.
In Whittington Parish there are 148 houses paying Council Tax. The total amount paid is £257,320 and the average amount per dwelling is £1,731.
The equivalent for Council Tax payers living in the City is £1,291. This difference is caused by rural properties being in higher Tax Bands. Considering the fact the we have much less access to events and services in the City (and even less if we loose the bus service) it seems unfair that we should pay £440 more, to receive less.