Posted by: westlancashirerecord | April 16, 2018

New Threats Of One Third Funding Cuts To Community Transport In Lancashire

Just when we are reading the claims of Wally Westley in the election glossies that “The Conservatives are back in control of Lancashire  and are on with sorting out the mess left by Labour. They have restored the highway budget, re-instated the plan for an Ormskirk By-pass, reopened the libraries and improved local bus services” they are about to ruin Community Travel that helps the most vulnerable of us. One of them being Cnty Cllr O’Toole , backed by those “Local people” who just happen to be from Halsall and Haskayne? 

“Like many councils across the country, Lancashire County Council continues to face an unprecedented financial challenge due to continued funding cuts by Government, rising costs and rising demand for the services we provide.

“We are committed to providing the best services we can to the people of Lancashire, particularly to the most vulnerable in our communities. However, the council’s financial position remains extremely challenging, with a forecasted funding gap of £144m in 2021/22. Because of this, we still need to make some difficult decisions in order to make further savings.

“Community transport in Lancashire is provided for eligible people who are not able to use mainstream public transport. Community transport includes Dial-a-Ride , group transport, community car schemes, day trips and volunteering opportunities.”

“On 18 January 2018 the county council’s Cabinet agreed to consult on proposals to reduce funding by a third for community transport in Lancashire. This may mean loss, reduction and/or changes to these services including fare increases. We would like to hear your views on this proposal”.

Sure, here’s a view, not just on this issue but on the ever present member allowances and “special responsibility payments” received by almost every member of the LCC Conservatives. Abolish them, share the pain you are inflicting on elderly and disabled people, stop being greedy! And when you turn up for WLBC meetings, don’t walk out and leave us unrepresented! 

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