Decision details

Breckland Community Car Schemes

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Overview and Scrutiny Commission had considered a report on the Breckland Community Car Schemes and proposals for the future delivery of this service.


It was noted that seldom had any Council initiative been so unanimously supported; and it was agreed to recommend to Council that:


1)           robust governance arrangements and legal agreements between Breckland Council and all scheme operators and volunteer drivers be put in place as a requirement to qualify for funding support, along the lines set out in paragraph 3.8.1 of the report;


2)           the principle of substantial funding for new and existing Community Car Schemes, to include meeting costs of required CRB and medical checks be supported; and


3)           a further report be submitted to the Council to establish full costs and clear reasoning for greater investment in this scheme.


Reasons for the decision:

The Commission had been fully supportive of the Breckland Community Car Schemes, which were seen as a vital lifeline to people living in the rural areas.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Continue to run the existing scheme

Associated Risks

·         Exposure to risk to the Council with minimal governance arrangements in place

·           Volunteers could choose to withdraw from the service robust controls are placed on each scheme. Furthermore the rising costs of fuel presents a threat to schemes

No budget in place to increase the scheme to other parishes.


Option 2 - To continue the scheme, including new :

·        Put in place the necessary governance procedures and legal agreements to protect the Council, Car scheme operators and volunteers.

·        Consider a further allocation of funding up to £10,000 to cover shortfall and accommodate potential for new schemes

            Associated Risks

·           Car scheme operators may not want to take on the legal responsibility of operating the car schemes.

Volunteers may not support the tighter control procedures

Publication date: 11/09/2008

Date of decision: 09/09/2008

Decided at meeting: 09/09/2008 - Cabinet

Effective from: 19/09/2008