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Elderly struggle with consultation

Age Concern Eastwood are fighting to keep transport running for lunch club members at the Age Concern Colin Dyson Centre, Eastwood (l-r): Josie Marsters, Irene Thorley, County Cllr Keith Longden and Barry Fullwood

Age Concern Eastwood are fighting to keep transport running for lunch club members at the Age Concern Colin Dyson Centre, Eastwood (l-r): Josie Marsters, Irene Thorley, County Cllr Keith Longden and Barry Fullwood

The treasurer of an Eastwood lunch club says pensioners due to have their transport taking them to the clubs scrapped are not being given adequate opportunity to take part in the consultation process.

Josie Marsters, who runs the Age Concern Luncheon Club, said her elderly members do not have computers and cannot use the internet to fill in Nottinghamshire County Council’s consultation forms.

She said she printed the forms out for them to fill in, but even this has proved an ‘impossible task’ as the drivers who take them to the club do not leave them long enough to both eat their lunch and fill in the forms.

Mrs Marsters said: “The council drivers collect them at 12 and pick them back up at 1.30pm so obviously there’s only time for them to eat their lunch. What chance do they have? I’m not happy at all. The council says they can fill the form in at libraries – but these are people who can’t leave the house!”

Mrs Marsters was left furious at council plans to scrap the community transport that takes pensioners who struggle to get about to the lunch club at the Colin Dyson Centre to save £85,000 in its budget. For many it is the only time they get out, she said.

A spokesperson for Nottinghamshire County Council said the lunch club would be contacted directly to ensure members got their say.

And leader of the council Alan Rhodes added: “Members of the lunch club can contact us on 0300 500 80 80 and we can send them a consultation form in the post which they can send back freepost if they are having difficulties getting hold of a form.”

 

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