view_headline search call

0141 847 6999

Aberdeen charity fights for disability taxi subsidy | Taxi Blog

Results

  • 13

    Jul

    2017

    Aberdeen charity fights for disability taxi subsidy

    Aberdeen charity fights for disability taxi subsidy

    Aberdeen charity fights for disability taxi subsidy

    Next week in Aberdeen, a cross-party group of councillors – arranged by Aberdeen-based disability charity Future Choices – will meet to discuss the possibility of restoring the city’s Taxi Card scheme.

    Formerly, Aberdeen City Council provided Taxi Cards to disabled passengers, to subsidise their journey. Alongside the scrapping of a popular Dial-a-Bus service, budget cuts forced the cancellation of the scheme in 2010. Now, local volunteers are campaigning to bring it back.

    Future Choices help around 50 disabled people in Aberdeen each week, providing a weekly club and a range of activities. At the heart of the effort to bring back the Taxi Card is its chairman, David Forbes.

    “It’s been seven years since Taxi Card got taken away,” Forbes stated, “and look at what’s changed.” Affordable taxi rides have become a service that’s more vital than ever before, in light of welfare cuts to disability services in recent years.

    The Taxi Card scheme, if reintroduced, is anticipated to cost between £300,000 and £500,000 per annum.

    Councillors have already said that they hold insufficient funds to cover the service’s daily expenditure, but Future Choices hope to arrive at a compromise that’s favourable for all. ”We can have a discussion,” Forbes said, “rather than throwing it out the window.”

    The full extent of Aberdeen’s transport problems was revealed in a 2013 white paper, which surveyed the city’s residents and found that a shocking 45% of respondents were negatively impacted upon by Taxi Card’s removal.

    Forbes recognised that one argument against the scheme’s reintroduction might be “that disabled people have got bus passes.” However, for Forbes it’s a pure question of access: “some bus stops aren’t in the places they need to be,” he said. 

Search by month/year

News From 2017

January 2017   February 2017   March 2017   April 2017   May 2017   June 2017   July 2017   August 2017   September 2017   October 2017   November 2017   December 2017  

News From 2016

January 2016   February 2016   March 2016   April 2016   May 2016   June 2016   July 2016   August 2016   September 2016   October 2016   November 2016   December 2016  

News From 2014

January 2014   February 2014   March 2014   April 2014   May 2014   June 2014   July 2014   August 2014   September 2014   October 2014   November 2014   December 2014