Pensioners pay the price

The Lib Dems in Wokingham Borough are concerned about the plight of hundreds of elderly people living on low incomes who may be marooned at home after the Conservative council withdrew Travel Tokens last year.

Lib Dem councillors have uncovered the fact that hundreds – and possibly thousands of elderly people on means tested benefits have lost out after the Conservatives axed the Travel Token budget.

Councillor Stephen Conway said “The travel tokens were a lifeline for people who can’t afford to run a car or are no longer able to drive. The Conservatives say pensioners can have bus passes so there is no problem. What are people supposed to do if they don’t live near a bus route?”

“Some of these people are on very low incomes; when travel tokens were available, they received £80-worth, double the standard issue.  Now they get nothing.  It can’t be right to make life more difficult for some of the least well-off and vulnerable members of our community.”

“We warned the Conservatives what impact their decision would have and now these elderly residents are suffering because the Conservatives did not listen.”

Published by Woodley & Whitegates Liberal Democrats, 26 Farriers Close Woodley, Reading RG5 3DD.

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