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‘HUGE VICTORY’: Harrow Council scraps plan to stop issuing travel passes for vulnerable people

 Published on: 22nd December 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Harrow Council has decided to scrap its plans to stop issuing the Discretionary Freedom Pass to vulnerable residents, much to the celebration of the Pinner community.

Finley Harnett, who narrowly missed out on becoming Pinner’s first Labour councillor last year, has been campaigning to oppose Harrow Council’s decision to stop issuing the Discretionary Freedom Pass, a free travel pass for those with mental illnesses and disabilities.

A consultation was held between June and September 2023, and in a London Borough of Harrow Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, December 19, it was decided that the changes would not go ahead.

The council highlighted five reasons to continue issuing the pass; the pass helps to support disabled people, allows for better mental health access, early intervention for early access to mental health resources, the minimal cost of the pass, and promoting equality for disabilities.

Finley said: “I’m delighted my campaign to save Discretionary Freedom Passes has been successful.

“This is a huge victory for residents who opposed via the consultation, and for local charities and organisations who raised concerns, including Mind In Harrow and Voluntary Action Harrow. Most of all, though, this is a victory for the vulnerable residents in Harrow who rely on these passes.

“The cuts shouldn’t have been on the table in the first place, the decision took far too long, but I’m glad Harrow Council has finally bowed to pressure.”

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