WRVS has succeeded in drawing the Scottish Parliament’s attention to the issue of community transport on the back of our ‘Give us a Lift’ campaign and a WRVS briefing sent to all Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) in conjunction with Age Scotland and the Community Transport Association.
The debate on 10 December focused on extending the national concessionary travel scheme (free bus passes) to disabled people but Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Local Government and Transport, Alison McInnes, highlighted WRVS’s hope that community transport services for older people may come to be included in the scheme as well.
This led to the approval of a motion that, amongst other things, called for “the Scottish Government to consider extending eligibility for the national concessionary travel scheme to include older and disabled people using community transport in rural areas.”
Although WRVS was arguing for an extension to services in all areas, not just rural, and while the Scottish Government is not bound to act on the motion it is a further and very important encouragement to them to look at the issue again. Here’s hoping!
Posted by Andrew Jackson
The Department of Health announced this week that they won't be able to publish the figures that back up their proposals for a National Care Service. It means that we're all going to have to take on trust that the three options for funding the proposals are the only ones feasible, and that they will give us the National Care Service this country needs.
With trust in politics at an all time low - it's a stretch and a real shame that the Government doesn't have the confidence to demonstrate the realities behind their proposals for reforming social care - which on paper look really good. Surely that's what the Big Care Debate they launched in July is all about.
We all know that times are tough, finances tight - but we also know that we need to sort out care and support now if we're going to all live healthier and better lives as we age in the future. We can't do that if we don't know what we're dealing with.
I wish our politicians could take a few more of the right risks. Have some balls Mr Burnham, publish the figures and let's work together on creating a National Care Service we can all be proud of.
Posted by Paul