Posted by: westlancashirerecord | October 11, 2018

County Community Transport Budget Cut Confirmation

Wasn’t it just a few days ago the Leader of LCC was claiming the county budget could soon be balanced? Now, it looks as though it is being achieved at cost to vulnerable people. Lancashire County Council’s  cabinet has confirmed a reduction to the budget which supports community transport services, following a public consultation.

The consultation was launched after it was proposed to reduce the financial support for community transport operators by £175,000 over two years to contribute to savings needed to meet a forecasted council funding gap of £135m by 2022/23.

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

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said “As a council we have to make some very difficult decisions to balance the books and make savings in almost every area of the council’s work. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to let us know how they use these services, and how they may be affected by any changes. Following this decision we will look to minimise the impact of this budget reduction as much as possible for those who use community transport”.

This is a shameful decision, but not unexpected. No cuts for special allowances for almost all of the party politicians in control of the County, just the easy targets! “Savings in almost every area” doesn’t reach the special ones!

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