Bus charges under review

TRANSPORT costs for pensioners in Nottinghamshire will be reviewed after complaints from elderly residents.

Bus prices rocketed from £1 to £5 across the county for those attending Age Concern-organised luncheon clubs, such as the Trowell Luncheon Club, putting huge strain on pensioner’s pockets.

The county council has now said it will review the costs but club member Arthur Walters, 77, said he is not too hopeful.

“It’s certainly good news that they’re going to have a look at the ridiculous prices,” he said.

“But I’m not too hopeful – and we won’t be happy unless the price is dropped to one we can all afford.”

There were fears that pensioners would stop coming to the Age Concern luncheon clubs across the county after the 400 per cent hike

Pensioners, who otherwise may not get out of their homes to meet other people, are picked up and taken down the road for the Age Concern luncheon club every Friday, offering elderly members the chance to socialise with bingo, entertainment and a cooked lunch.

Cabinet member for adult social care and health at Nottinghamshire County Council, Cllr Kevin Rostance, said there will now be further discussions with the charity and county pensioners before a final decision is made.

He said: “We’ve had discussions with Age UK and other providers of services to older people.

“We’ve listened to their concerns over charging for services such as transport and luncheon clubs and we’ve agreed to review how these charges will be implemented.”