Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Labour run Redcar and Cleveland Council penalise blue badge holders

Redcar and Cleveland Labour Run Council have announced that they are considering charging all disabled blue badge holders to park in all council run off street car parks.

Of those 25 car parks, there are 79 bays that are specifically marked for disabled badge holders only.
All residents who hold blue badges were notified of this possible change by letter today (14th May 2012).

The council claim that this will help to resolve the financial mess they have found themselves in, but Ian Swales, local MP for Redcar says:

''This is yet another example of how this Labour-run council are choosing to penalise those who can afford it least. I am disturbed at the choices they are making, and they are choices.

''This is just one in a long list of politically motivated charges such as recycling bags, basic care needs, special educational transport and increasing council tax at a time when we are all feeling the pinch''

Liberal Democrat Group leader, Glyn Nightingale, said: '' The Government cuts only account for £8m of the £34m referred to in this letter. The remaining £26m of savings relate to Labour council bosses wish list rather than to what needs to be done over the next few years.

''It will only be when the council sort out their waste and mismanagement of their finances that we will feel assured that they are capable of running this council.''

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