Consultation on concessionary bus pass scheme

Does the person you care for use Reading buses or ReadiBus?

Changes are being proposed by Reading Borough Council to the concessionary bus pass scheme for people with disabilities. The Council is holding a consultation, which we urge anyone who cares for a person with a disability or who holds a concessionary bus pass to respond to.

What are the proposed changes?

The Council is proposing to remove all of its discretionary elements and revert to the national scheme, which would mean Reading Borough Council would:

  • No longer provide free travel within Reading before 9.30am or after 11pm on a weekday. (Disabled Access Pass holders would be allowed free travel at any time on weekends and bank holidays)
  • No longer issue or accept companion bus passes; and
  • No longer provide free travel on ReadiBus dial-a-ride services

You can complete an online questionnaire about the proposed changes at www.reading.gov.uk/accesspass

You can also download and fill in a paper copy of the questionnaire.

You can email your response to transport@reading.gov.uk

Paper questionnaires and written responses can be sent to Reading Borough Council, Concessionary Fares Consultation 2018, Transport Planning, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU.

The closing date for responses is Friday 20 July 2018. All feedback will then be considered at a meeting of the Council’s Policy Committee in September before a final decision is taken on whether or not to proceed with the change. Any changes agreed would come into effect from 1 April 2019.

You can also drop off copies of the paper questionnaire at our office at 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE and we will take them to the Civic Offices.

If you need help to fill in the questionnaire, please call us on 0118 966 2518 or email office@readingmencap.org.uk.

 

Have your say about charges for care and support

Are you, or the person you care for, being charged for your care and support? If so, please take part in a survey about charges for care and support.

A charity consortium, the Independent Living Strategy, want to know about the experiences of people who access support from their local councils and find out how they are charging for care and support and how this impacts on people who use support.

They want to see the charging issue dealt with in the forthcoming Green Paper on Social Care, which is due to be published later this year.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and you can ask someone to help you complete it or they may complete it on your behalf with your permission.

You can access the survey at http://puttingpeoplefirst.limeask.com/337338?newtest=Y&lang=en

 

Help out the ambulance service by heading on-line

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is looking for people of all ages* and from all walks of life to join their new SCAS 100Virtual Club to take part in focus groups, surveys and consultations to help develop and improve services ‐ without the need to attend meetings!

Communication is mainly by email, but there is also an opportunity to take part in the Trust’s biannual Community Engagement Forums and fundraising for the SCA Charity.

For more details or to register visit www.scas.nhs.uk, email get involved@scas.nhs.uk or call 01869 36125

*Under 16s need written consent form a parent/guardian consent.