Consultation on proposed changes to disabled person’s NoWcard scheme

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.

We operate the mandatory English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS). In Lancashire this scheme is called NoWcard.

The NoWcard scheme allows free bus travel (and free travel on Blackpool Tramway to Wyre residents) for NoWcard pass holders from Mondays to Fridays between 9.30am and 11pm and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

At our discretion, the scheme also allows holders of a disabled person’s NoWcard to travel at a 50p flat fare on journeys on local bus/tram services that begin before 9.30am on Mondays to Fridays.

On 18 January 2018 the county council’s Cabinet agreed to consult on proposals to increase this charge from 50p to £1 and we would like to hear your views.

You can give us your views be completing the online questionnaire at www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay.

If you have problems opening the above link please cut and paste the following link into the address bar at the top of your web browser:

http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/consultation/responses/response.asp?ID=345.

The eight week consultation runs from Monday 26 March to Monday 21 May 2018.

Thank you for your time.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of the Lancashire Association of Local Councils

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