Transport cuts passed

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Despite a decision to cut community transport in Suffolk by half being called in, the county council’s cabinet has decided to go ahead with proposals.

The Labour group at Suffolk County Council had called in the decision by the all Conservative cabinet, with community transport groups raising concerns that the changes could spell the end of community and charity-led organisations.

The cabinet has been accused of ignoring its “democratic duty” by the Labour Group, who say they will take further action.

The £1.4 million funding for community transport will now be cut by 10 per cent a year for the next five years.

There are also plans for just one tender to be given in each district, with responsibility for community transport in that area.

Jane Basham, chairman of the South Suffolk Labour Party, said: “This makes its plans to help everyone to get around into a sick joke.

“They’re looking for commercial success in transport projects that wouldn’t even exist without subsidy or the commitment of volunteers.

“These cuts are a disaster for anyone without access to private transport.

“Vital journeys to hospitals, schools and other services are under threat. Those living any distance from the services they rely on are being ignored.”