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Camden disability transport services 

Location: UK » London » NW

Camden Council is planning to implement a variety of cuts to transport services for adult care users and people with disabilities, including scrapping Freedom Passes for those with mental ill-health.

Freedom Passes provide free public transport within Greater London. They are currently available to people with a ‘severe, enduring and long term mental health disability’ (as well as those with a variety of other needs and disabilities).

Among the other cuts planned by the council:

* introducing charges for discretionary services such as replacement Blue Badges and Freedom Passes
* ensuring that only those service users with substantial mobility difficulties are transported in specialised buses
* sharing some transport services with Islington
* consulting on reducing Camden’s contribution to the London-wide Taxicard scheme, which provides subsidised door-to-door transport in taxis and private-hire vehicles for people with serious mobility or visual impairment

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My disability freedom pass has helped me in so many ways. Please don’t cut it.

i was awarded this freedom pass two years ago when i was suffering from a mental illness. since obtaining the freedom pass it gave me the chance to get around and feel free. it gave me a sense of strength when i felt lost & abandoned.

i slowly came out of my depression thanks to both a mental health worker and the freedom pass. meanwhile my parent became sicker and less able to physically cope. i had to stop working and claim carers allowance.…

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Posted by: outraged at 5:43pm on 28 May 2011

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