It’s been some time since the last update but Accessibility Solutions has been working ceaselessly to further our mission of Universal access to essential goods and services by any mode or means by capitalising on some of the opportunities that change inevitably presents…
Accessibility Solutions’ market proposition has three core elements with two more in development-
- Accessibility Solutions provides interim leadership capacity for public service commissioners, as well as providers; recent assignments have included Chief Executive level resource for a number of transport operators, a Directorship for Healthwatch and strategic transport management for a London Borough
- Accessibility Solutions delivers technical consultancy and training to both service commissioners and providers. We have supported over 20 transport providers to develop new delivery models, as well as ensuring compliance with regulatory frameworks
- Accessibility Solutions realises financial, social and environmental benefits that result from implementation of our business transformation model. In 2017 alone, we directly secured over £50K external investment for our clients and helped to achieve internal efficiencies of over £500K
- Accessibility Solutions is developing Accessibility as a Service, a Mobility as a Service solution for rural communities ( www.accessibilityasaservice.com ) ; and a social care personalisation model…more of which in the future
So, what are the current changes…and how Accessibility Solutions can help clients to respond?
- Proposed changes to Community Transport Permit Regulations
With potentially seismic effects, the Department for Transport announced a consultation process regarding changes to Section 19 and Section 22 Minibus Permits; having met with EU Commissioners in Brussels in 2015 to represent UK providers, we are keen to support the response as we believe community transport is a vital element in achieving our core mission, “Universal access to essential goods and services by any mode or means”.
As such we have been supporting the Mobility Matters campaign (https://ctpermits.org ) by enabling and attending a meeting with Jesse Norman MP, Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution together with Mobility Matters and DfT officials. We have also been working with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transports’ Accessibility and Inclusion Forum on a submission of evidence to the Transport Select Committee which conducted an Inquiry into the CT permit matter before Christmas.
We are keen to support community transport providers through the impending permit changes by developing and delivering your Benefits Realisation Programme; we can provide transition management to O licence status, compliance with S19/S22 exemptions, trading subsidiaries, an outsourced Transport Manager as well as a range of other support.
Commissioners and Providers of Section 19 and 22 services should contact Accessibility Solutions now to prepare for the outcomes of the Permit Review
- Bus Services Act
The Bus Services Act offers an opportunity for UK transport commissioners to franchise concession-based bus networks. Fortunately, with great strategic foresight we received investment following a competitive process to research the franchise-based Dutch public transport system in 2012, and as a result have developed an integrated model that spreads cost/risk across the concession. It features a two-tiered structure that enables providers to subcontract marginal services to smaller, lower cost vehicle networks which not only reduces risk to commissioners and passengers but also locks investment in the local community.
Commissioners and Providers of local bus services should contact Accessibility Solutions now to prepare for the opportunities that the Bus Services Bill presents
- More pressure on local authority budgets
As pressure on local authority budgets continues, Accessibility Solutions supports Councils by improving the efficiency of transport networks; Home to School, Special Educational Needs, Community Transport and local bus services are reviewed and re-provisioned more cost effectively. This includes policy, eligibility and entitlement reviews, network re-design, stakeholder engagement, resource planning and budget management as well as locking down the transformational redesign into a business as usual, sustainable model.
Commissioners of transport services should contact Accessibility Solutions now to discuss how we can achieve your short, medium and long-term budget targets.