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Sep
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Saturday 20th
posted by Morning Star in Britain


SOUTHAMPTON City Council has been forced to reconsider its cut to disabled bus passes after Unite members lobbied the Labour council meetings.

Dozens of disabled activists descended on Southampton Civic Centre on Thursday and pushed the council to admit a review of the decision was necessary.

This comes after Southampton council axed 1,200 free bus passes issued to disabled residents in April, arguing that budget “savings” were needed.

Unite’s local community branch issued a warning that 400 of those affected by the cut are currently not eligible for the national concessionary pass.

A Unite spokesperson said: “Free bus passes provide a lifeline to our most vulnerable, disabled residents, helping them to go shopping, pick up medication, attend doctor appointments or socialise with friends.

“They have a right to live as normal a life as possible. But this right is being taken away.”

The council estimates the move will save £100,000 by 2016.




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