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    Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been sharing the incredible stories of community transport providers excelling in the work they do for their communities, as well as looking at the impact that coronavirus is having on their operations.

    As it has across the UK, the coronavirus pandemic has shaken the community transport sector in Scotland – core services have suffered a significant decline, while new services have sprung up to adhere to changed needs, with members delivering essentials and maintaining contact with lonely and isolated passengers.

    In our latest report, we take an in-depth look at how community transport providers in Scotland have been coping, adapting and innovating, sharing information gathered through conversations with our members, as well as sharing the incredible impact their work has been having on the communities they serve.

    Key points: 

    • While all core community transport services have seen a downturn in numbers, dial-a-ride and particularly group hire services have been the most heavily impacted by the pandemic, raising concerns for the long-term sustainability of CTs in Scotland.
    • Some organisations suffered from a cut in local authority grant and contract funds, despite encouragement to maintain funding at pre-coronavirus levels, demonstrating the financial pressures that the pandemic has placed on local authority finances.
    • Many CTs have adapted their services not only to serve the needs of their local communities, but also to support the NHS to access information on running covid-safe transport, and to help key workers reach the frontline.

    You can read the report here

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