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any notice for unknown reasons - possibly related to a change in eligibility criteria - and that Passes have been withdrawn following a reassessment of pass holders even though there has been no change in their condition.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.
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To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568
1. A copy of the Labour petition can be found here: http://www.barnetlabour.org.uk/reinstate_disabled_persons_freedom_passes
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