For a number of years, Nottingham City Council (“the
Council”) provided a travel concessionary scheme superior to
the national concessionary scheme. Disabled people who are Mobility
Card holders could travel free 24/7 on both buses and trams. The
Council has funded this local benefit with no additional support
from central government. As part of its budget savings (cuts) of
£27million, the Council has ended the superior aspects of its
scheme to save £100,000. From 3rd September 2018, Mobility
Card holders have to pay bus or tram fares if they travel before
9.30am or after 11pm.
The time restriction is having a major impact on disabled people who need to travel to work, hospital appointments, volunteering commitments, day centres and to educational venues. Many disabled people in work are on low/minimum wages. The Council’s Equality Impact Assessment completed prior to the cut says the changes will have a detrimental impact on 500 disabled people. It is likely that this figure is wrong and the cut is affecting hundreds more people.
There is serious concern regarding the Council’s consultation process and that the restrictions break three of the four council Equality Standards and commitments:
- Make sure our workforce will reflect the citizens we serve (many of those affected work for the Council).
- Create economic growth for the benefit of all communities.
- Provide inclusive and accessible services for our citizens (“we will achieve this by, for example, protecting from cuts services that support Nottingham’s most vulnerable citizens”).
- Lead the City in tackling discrimination and promoting equality (“Our work to achieve this will include tackling fuel poverty, building lifetime homes and by developing better opportunities for children and young people with additional needs”).
The City Council has over £200 million in useable reserves and could use some of those reserves to fund the £100,000 the Council states it will save.
Started by: Anne Darby (Reverse Mobility Pass Cuts)
On reaching 1 signatures the head of the relevant department will be made aware of the matter.
This ePetition runs from 16/11/2018 to 02/05/2019.
9 people have signed this ePetition.