After a year of hard work to reverse Conservative cuts to Shopmobility, agreed in their 2017-18 budget, the new Liberal Democrat administration can announce today that the service has been saved.
In the recently passed budget, the administration postponed all cuts to the service this year, with a view to moving a charitable model forwards.
We are currently in advanced stages of talking to some potential providers, who will be able to put the service on a sustainable footing in future.
Shopmobility is a vital service for residents in Kingston to maintain their independence. It provides wheelchairs and scooters to those with limited mobility, stopping people being penalised for circumstances beyond their control.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said: “We will all be old one day, and none of us would want to be in a position then where we can’t even go to the shops. It is astonishing that the Conservatives thought it was a good idea to cut this vital service. I am extremely glad that we have found a way to save it from closure.”
“Allowing people to live independently is a key liberal principle, and safeguarding services such as these is what a Liberal Democrat Council will consistently deliver.”