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Outrage at way Wokingham travel tokens axed

April 4, 2011 12:00 PM

Wokingham Liberal Democrats were outraged to learn that no decision making body at Wokingham Borough Council took any decision to axe travel tokens from the elderly. Cllr Jenny Lissaman asked the following question at last Thursday's Executive:

'What processes (evidence, consultation, business case, equality impact assessment, etc) were followed, which led to the decision to cut travel tokens for the elderly in the 2011/12 budget, and to which decision making body was the decision referred?'

Cllr Lissaman was told that the decision to axe travel tokens was made during the budget process because it was the most "efficient" way of doing so.

Cllr Lissaman said: 'It is disgraceful that the Conservatives have admitted that the decision to axe travel tokens from the elderly was taken in secret because it was more "efficient" to do so. It was nothing to do with efficiency. The Conservative council took the decision in secret because they knew what an outcry there would be if anyone found out beforehand.

'Now more than 5,000 residents over the age of 70 no longer receive travel tokens. This change has been made without any warning or consideration for the needs of those elderly people. This is entirely the wrong way to go about things and our elderly residents deserve much better than this.'