We are sure you all have many other more pressing issues right now, however we wanted to make you aware of an update we have received from the DfT. The last date for appealing concessionary fares reimbursement arrangements is 56 days from scheme commencement/variation and as this is set in legislation the DfT currently have no plans to extend this.
For those operators that are in the middle of negotiations, or have yet to commence discussions, we would recommend submitting an appeal application well in advance of the deadline (which is 26 May for most), along with a request to stay the appeal beyond the deadline. This will provide you with additional time to progress the negotiations, freeing up time now to deal with the current situation, whilst retaining your ability to proceed with an appeal should agreement not be reached.
EPM have assisted numerous operators over the years with their appeal applications, so please do get in touch if you would like assistance, or if you have any questions.