Concessionary Fares for Carers

Lancaster Bus Users Group (BUGS) have received a request from a Chang.Org subscriber looking for support in connection with concessionary fares for Carers.  I am posting the email below in case anyone would like to air their views on this.  My personal feeling is that I am not in favour.  If support with transport is a need for a particular Carer then I think it should be an element in the Carers Allowance.  However, possibly I am being a bit curmudgeonly!  The message is as follows:

I have created a petition on change.org campaigning for free/concessionary travel for carers that I would appreciate you getting behind and showing your support.

I was a Carer from a Young Age to a family member who suffered a long fight with Early Onset Dementia from the age of 48, Epilepsy, Diabetes and many other conditions. I am also part of my local carers centre and have met many carers of all ages that all have had a huge impact on their lives from Caring. This is why I feel so strongly about this issue and have heard how much this simple change would help so many.

The proposal is that the government take the initiative to offer free/ concessionary transport for carers to allow them to better care. This could be possible either through adapting the concession and companion card which currently allows the carer to travel with the cared for but not separately which in most cases is needed or through some form of add on to carers allowance for those in receipt of it. Though preferably carers wouldn’t need to be in receipt of carers allowance as not every carer who could benefit from this travel are.

My petition has currently reached over 2200 signatures and is being backed by my local council’s petition board (Renfrewshire Council), in lobbying the Scottish Government to provide free/concessionary transport for unpaid carers.

Some other supporters of my petition include; Cosla, The coalition of carers, Carers UK, ME Association, Enable Scotland and many MSP’s.

Any support you show would be truly appreciated.

The link below directs you to my petition. I would truly appreciate your signature and if you could encourage others by sharing it on your social media pages.

https://www.change.org/p/concessionary-transport-for-all-carers-they-require-your-help

Kind regards
Amanda Macdonald

John Keegan

Lunesdale Arms

Those of us (the many) who are advocates of the hospitality, food and liquid refreshment traditionally provided by Andrew Wilkinson, Binns and the excellent staff that Andy always seems to attract, will be delighted to see this announcement on the Lunesdale Arms Facebook Page.

We finally have an opening date.
THURSDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
Any bookings please contact info@thelunesdalearms.co.uk
Or phone 015242 36191
Maureen and I will swim across the Lune as soon as our State Pensions drop through the Bank Box.

The Latin Scholars among you will instantly recognise the motto Vinum  – Cebus – Vitae as Wine, Food and Life.

John Keegan

 

Suggested Bus Changes

After extensive considerations Duncan and I have arrived at suggestions to improve the bus Transport arrangements on our side of the Lune Valley.

We have had to accept that we are unlikely to have any joy pursuing an Evening and Sunday Service, at this time.  To obtain such services we need to find, in the County Councils own words, “Stakeholders” who are prepared to join together with us to implement these ends.  We have decided to form an action group under the title “Lune Bus Action Group” and to seek like minded people and, particularly businesses, who are prepared to join us and lend some form of support.

At this stage therefore we are suggesting changes that will have the minimal cost impact, Monday to Saturday all year round, but will provide us with services additional to those we have at present.

Firstly – Kirkby to Lancaster – we propose the following restructuring:

Proposed Kirkby to Lancaster changes

This proposal enables the 1545 from Kirkby to pass through Whittington every day and not just during term time (as a matter of interest this very evening this bus was full and had 6 standing passengers and another was picked up in Whittington heading to Lancaster).  Melling will lose it’s service out of term time, as we are having to do at the moment.

The following revisions, of the Lancaster to Kirkby schedule do in fact provide for an addition bus from Kirkby to Lancaster through Whittington every day.  This extra service is shown on the following timetable as it is a better explanation of how this change is achieved.

Proposed Lancaster to Kirkby changes

At the moment the 1840 from Lancaster only goes beyond Hornby “On Request” we propose that such requests are not required and that the service continues to Kirkby every day then returns to Lancaster via Whittington, Arkholme etc.

You will also see that we have added a 1445 service from Lancaster to Kirkby via Whittington.  At the moment this bus takes this route but does not stop for passengers. We suggest that it does pick up passengers who could then return to Whittington using the Kirkby Coach Hire service at 1750, giving them some two hours for shopping etc.

The full proposals are available in PDF format by clicking on this link: 81 – Time Table Proposals.

Your comments are welcome and if you would like to join our Action Group please let me know, either on this blog or email me at john.loynepark@btinternet.com.

I would like to finish by saying that last week Duncan Foster traveled to Whitby, stayed four days, and traveled back, all by public transport.  Duncan should be an example to all of us in his dedication to public transport.

John Keegan

 

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