Liberal Democrat councillors are strongly opposing Tory recommendations to restrict the number of people who are eligible to receive free travel tokens from Wokingham Borough Council.
Councillor Phil Challis (councillor for Loddon ward) said, “Taking tokens away from the elderly ignores the needs of this potentially vulnerable group. There are many elderly people in the borough who live in areas where there is no bus service, so the alternative of a free bus pass is no use to them. The Tories have the wrong priorities: what happened to the Leader of the Council’s assertion that the needs of the most vulnerable people in the borough were his priority?”
Councillor Prue Bray (Leader of the Lib Dem councillor group and councillor for Winnersh ward) said, “The council committee’s investigation into concessionary travel was rushed through and was a sham. Rob Stanton (Tory Executive member at the time) even told the committee that leaving things as they are was not an option. It is quite clear that the Tories are intent on saving money and are not interested in investigating the whole issue of concessionary travel properly.”
The Liberal Democrat opinion expressed in a minority report to the Executive is that the Tories had not allowed enough time or provided enough information for proper consideration of the impact of taking free travel tokens away from people who currently get them.
Prue Bray went on to say, “The Tories either can’t listen or won’t listen and as usual it is left to the Lib Dems to speak up for the vulnerable groups in Wokingham. We urge the Executive to retain the free travel tokens for all over-