Labour to raise cancelled Freedom Passes at Policy & Resources Committee

Barnet's Labour councillors have put the cancellation of disabled persons' Freedom Passes on the agenda of next week's Policy & Resources Committee on 17th May, and will be pushing for a decision to reinstate all the Passes at the meeting.

In a member's item on the issue, Labour Group Leader, Cllr Barry Rawlings has asked a series of questions about the cancellation of the Passes, including: 

  • who made the decision to cancel the Passes, why and when?
  • how many people are affected?
  • whether Capita has benefited from the decision financially?
  • whether the decision is lawful?
  • and why Passes were cancelled without notice?

Members of the public can submit public questions on the issue to the committee or ask to make a public comment by emailing Governance Officer faith.mwende@barnet.gov.uk by 10am on Thursday 12 May.

The Labour Group's petition calling for the Freedom Passes to be reinstated now has over 700 signatures.

Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: "Capita and Cllr Cornelius have some serious questions to answer about this callous process and decision that has deprived vulnerable disabled people of their independence by unilaterally cancelling their Freedom Passes.

"The Passes should all be reinstated immediately."

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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 Cllr Rawlings Member's Item for Policy & Resources Committee can be found here: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s31818/Members%20Item%20-%20Cllr%20Barry%20Rawlings.pdf

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

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