Policy and Public Affairs at the CTA Edinburgh Conference

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In our latest blog CTA’s Policy and Public Affairs Executive, James, looks back on the presentation he and CTA’s Chief Executive, Bill Freeman gave on the future policy directions of CTA at our Edinburgh Conference.  In this blog James looks at the policy opportunities for CTA in Scotland how CTA’s Policy work can inform Scotland’s National Transport Strategy.

As you may have read elsewhere on the CTA Blog we are currently looking at the role community transport can play in shaping Scotland’s National Transport Strategy, you can read about this work here.  At our Edinburgh Conference this year we spoke to our members about the role they can play in supporting this work, and how CTA’s broader policy work will help inform Scotland’s National Transport Strategy.

The session opened with Bill Freeman, Chief Executive of CTA, framing CTA’s policy work in terms of our new strategic plan.  Explaining that the CTA is for an about inclusive and accessible transport, and that all of our policy work flows from this point.   He explained that our policy work is further informed by our three strategic priorities which are; championing inclusive and accessible transport, connecting people and ideas, and supporting our members and raising standards.

Following on from this we introduced the policy work CTA has been developing which you can see in the powerpoint below.  In this we explored our key policy themes and how we intend to develop these to feed into Scotland’s National Transport Strategy.  In particular we spoke to members about how we can better account for the social value of community transport, ensuring services can get adequate support for the work they do.  We believe that shouting about the social value of community transport is necessary in order to attract new funding to the sector, and help develop a greater understanding of the work community transport does with partners who can help support our work.

The session was rounded off with an explanation of the key themes CTA will be exploring in our National Transport Strategy submission and how members can get involved with this work.  If you have any further questions on our presentation or would like to get involved in the presentation you can email me at James@ctauk.org

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