Still time for elderly and vulnerable residents to get free travel vouchers (From The Northern Echo)
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Still time for elderly and vulnerable residents to get free travel vouchers
4:48pm Friday 9th August 2013 in News
VULNERABLE residents across Richmondshire still have time to get free travel vouchers.
Richmondshire District Council is currently funding an Alternative Travel Voucher Scheme targeted at residents of restricted financial means who find it impossible to use public transport because of their age or disability.
The scheme, run by Age UK, which runs until October, allows vulnerable residents with mobility problems that rule them out of using public transport - and in receipt of Council Tax or Pension Credit benefit - to apply for a £60 allocation of travel vouchers which will be issued free of charge.
These can be used to meet the cost of taxis, private hire, or community transport services. They can also be used in conjunction with the Age UK and the St. Johns Centre shopping schemes.
Council leader and Little White Bus volunteer driver Coun John Blackie said: “Councillors wanted to address the travel difficulties in the Dales where public transport is at a premium, so community transport services like the Reeth Ring-to-Ride and The Little White Bus in Hawes are included in the scheme.”
Joan Buck, 80, a regular traveller from Bainbridge, said: “The Little White Bus is an absolute godsend to me and without the excellent service it offers I would miss out on many local outings and family visits because I no longer can afford to run my own car.
“The vouchers I have been given by Age UK allow me to travel more often while keeping more of my pension to spend on other essentials.”
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