Reinstate full funding back to Northampton Shopmobility
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Northampton Shopmobility is a service that offers people with disability, injury or impairment the opportunity to hire manual or powered wheelchairs or mobility scooters, at a low cost, to help them access facilities in the Town Centre.
It has long been supported by the Borough Council, who in 2009 assisted the facility with a move from above the Greyfriars Bus Station, to a purpose built section of the Mayorhold Car Park.
The Shopmobility scheme is run as part of the Northampton Door to Door Service. Both of these services are part-funded by Northampton Borough Council through their Partnership Fund Grant.
In 2014-2015, the Door to Door Service was granted £66,017, and the Shopmobility service was granted £23,810. In the current Financial Year (2015-2016) the grants have been reduced to £45,000 and £11,000 respectively. This is a total drop in the grant of just below 38%.
The Shopmobility service has announced that if this grant is not increased, and it is unable to find alternative funding, it will have to close down towards the end of this year, removing a service that provides a valuable lifeline to disabled people in Northampton.
We call upon Northampton Borough Council, and Councillor Brandon Eldred (Cabinet Member for Community Engagement) to reconsider the grant that has been made to shopmobility, to reinstate it to the 2014/2015 level, and thus guarantee the continuance of the service for the rest of 2015/2016, whilst working with the charity to investigate alternative funding sources.
This petition will be presented to the Borough Council at the full Council meeting on June 8th 2015.
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