Bus reform decisions and notices

Greater Manchester Franchising Scheme for Buses 2021

Notice of Agreement on Principally Connected Criteria

Published February 2022

In accordance with Regulation 3 of The Franchising Schemes and Enhanced Partnership Schemes (Application of TUPE) (England) Regulations 2017 (the Regulations) TfGM on behalf of GMCA, undertook consultation with operators of affected local services and  appropriate representatives of employees employed on those affected local services. The purpose of the consultation was to seek  agreement on the criteria to be used to determine whether a person’s employment is “principally connected” with the provision of affected local services.

Pursuant to section 3(4) of the Regulations, once there is agreement between the parties, the authority which has made the scheme must notify the parties and publish the details of the agreement.

The consultation ended on 10th February 2022 and the following agreement was reached:

Principally Connected Criteria

“A person’s employment is treated as being principally connected with the provision of affected local services if that person spends, on average, at least half (or 50%) of their working time (i) assigned to the provision of the affected services or (ii) assigned to activities connected wholly  or mainly to the provision of those affected services."

Notice of Agreement on Principally Connected Criteria (PDF, 1.7mb)

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