Angus taxicard scheme axed

Taxi scheme is ending
Taxi scheme is ending

The Angus taxicard scheme is to stop at the end of March 2015.

The council’s subsidised taxi travel scheme is one of just a handful still operating in Scotland. The phasing out of the scheme was agreed last year. The scheme has been closed to new applicants since April 2014, and no taxicards have been renewed.

There are 288 taxicard members with 182 people actively using the scheme; dropping to 211 members and 135 active users by March as memberships expire.

The authority’s spokesperson for social care services Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “We have maintained this scheme for far longer than most other councils but given all of the other demands on our shrinking budget we can no longer sustain this scheme.”

The council will save £41,000 a year by ending the scheme.

The authority is contacting everyone who will be affected.

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