Belper’s most vulnerable at risk amid proposed community bus cuts

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The wellbeing of elderly and disabled people in Belper is at risk if cuts to the community transport scheme are approved, it has been claimed.

A petition has been launched to save the transport ‘lifeline’ which has already been signed by more than 2.500 people.

Now, in the final days of the petition, campaigners are urging people throughout the Amber Valley to show their support.

Patrick Dawson, chief executive of Community Transport Town and Country, said: “People need to realise the impact the cuts proposed by Derbyshire County Council will have on vulnerable people in Amber Valley.

“We see people who the last person they had a conversation with was the bus driver who took them shopping. If these services are cut who will they turn to?”

Coun Colin Swindell, who launched the petition, added: “These cuts will limit elderly and disabled people to one shopping trip a week – and only to their nearest town... “This will seriously affect the health and well-being of our most vulnerable...”

A Derbyshire County Council spokeswoman said: “We don’t want to make any cuts to frontline services but by 2018 we’ll be getting a third less money from central Government.... We’re protecting frontline services and vulnerable people as much as we can... but the size of the cuts means we have no choice about scaling back most of the services we provide.”

Sign the petition – which closes on Monday – by visiting: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/petitions