Praise for free passes

PUBLISHED: 01:01 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 June 2010

THE chief executive of a Devon-based charity for the disabled has praised East Devon District Council for continuing to provide bus passes for carers who would otherwise be unable to travel for free. East Devon District Council has agreed that registered

THE chief executive of a Devon-based charity for the disabled has praised East Devon District Council for continuing to provide bus passes for carers who would otherwise be unable to travel for free. East Devon District Council has agreed that registered carers of elderly or disabled people living in the area will continue to be entitled to free bus travel under their Carers' Card Scheme.This has earned praise from Diana Crump, chief executive of Living Options Devon.She said: "This is a small change that will have a big impact on the lives of the most disadvantaged disabled people in Devon and I thoroughly commend East Devon District Council for making such a just decision in the face of budget pressures to reduce costs."An East Devon District Council spokesman said that withdrawing the Carers' Cards had never been an option "The concession is of huge benefit and in reality costs less than one per cent of the total cost of the Bus Pass Scheme," she said."I do hope that other councils follow suit, thus avoiding the difficulty when disabled people and their carers travel between areas in Devon."The East Devon card is issued to a disabled person who needs an accompanying carer. These concessionary cards operate from 9am to midnight, longer than the 9.30am to 11.30pm that other councils, with the exception of Teignbridge, operate.

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