Labour launch petition to reinstate cancelled disabled persons' Freedom Passes

Barnet's Labour councillors have launched a petition calling for all disabled persons' Freedom Passes that have been cancelled by Barnet council to be reinstated. The petition follows news that a number of Freedom Passes held by disabled people with mental health issues or autism have been cancelled without any notice for unknown reasons - possibly related to a change in eligibility criteria - and that Passes have been withdrawn following a reassessment of pass holders even though there has been no change in their condition.

For some of the disabled people affected they discovered their pass was cancelled when they tried to use public transport and were not allowed to travel.

Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: "Cancelling these Freedom Passes without giving any notice to the pass holders is a callous act that has caused humiliation and upset for those trying to use their pass legitimately to travel on public transport.

"I have raised this issue with the Head of Service who has agreed to conduct an investigation into what has happened and a review of the criteria used to cancel passes. I have been told that no further passes will be cancelled, and I have asked that all those passes that have been cancelled are reinstated pending the outcome of this investigation and review, and am waiting for a confirmation that this will happen. In the meantime I hope as many people as possible sign our petition."

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For more information contact:
Cllr Barry Rawlings: cllr.b.rawlings@barnet.gov.uk
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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Notes:

1. A copy of the Labour petition can be found here: http://www.barnetlabour.org.uk/reinstate_disabled_persons_freedom_passes 

2. For more on this issue see:

http://wwwbrokenbarnet.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/freedoms-just-another-word-disabled.html

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