Age UK urges Department for Transport to re-think proposals which could leave countless older people isolated and trapped at home

19 July 2018 – Age UK

New guidance that which proposes for community transport drivers to obtain commercial driving licenses at a cost of over £1,000 per driver, is potentially risking forcing hundreds of local charities and other institutions and organisations including schools and sports clubs, to stop providing transport for their local community due to the prohibitive cost of doing so.

Many older people rely on community transport to get to hospital and medical appointments. New research by Age UK has found that older people in England take more than 22 million community transport journeys every year so are heavily reliant on this lifeline to the outside world.

As part of its campaign, Age UK wants people in every community to write to their local MP about this potentially devastating decision. For more information about how to join the campaign people can email campaigns@ageuk.org.uk or visit www.ageuk.org.uk.

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