Taxi token benefit saved for people in Christchurch

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By Com_Publisher | Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 23:24

Disabled people in Christchurch, who would otherwise have lost a benefit of taxi tokens under a changed concessionary travel scheme, are to have the tokens funded by Christchurch Council.

From 1 April 2011 the concessionary travel scheme, previously handled by Christchurch Borough Council, is being transferred to Dorset County Council.

The county council is now standardising the scheme across Dorset which means that the taxi tokens previously enjoyed by Christchurch disabled people would have been lost.

Christchurch Council has now decided to fund the taxi tokens to the tune of £15,000 and to increase the annual allowance from £36 to £40 per person.

Cllr Mike Duckworth, chairman of Christchurch Council’s Resources Committee, said: “We were uncomfortable about a benefit being taken away from some of the most disadvantaged in our area who are eligible for concessionary travel but who, through no fault of their own, are unable to travel on buses.”

In 2010/11 271 eligible people took advantage of the benefit in Christchurch.



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