Transport scheme for elderly faces cutbacks

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A DOOR-to-door transport service for the elderly and vulnerable is being cut back.

Havant Call and Go helps frail people get to medical appointments and do errands in the Havant, Waterlooville and Horndean areas.

Leaders at Hampshire County Council have decided to extend the contract for two more years, but are reducing the service to four days a week, rather than five.

The service used to run six days a week, but was reduced to five in 2012 when Havant and East Hampshire councils cut the funding by 25 per cent.

The service currently costs more than £43,000 a year to run and the county council pays for around half of this cost.

A council report states: ‘Discussions with Havant Borough Council have confirmed that they intend to reduce their funding for the Havant Call and Go service by a further 35 per cent.’

The new cost will be around £32,000, with Hampshire providing almost £18,000, Havant around £10,000 and around £4,000 from East Hampshire.

The service will now run for 30 hours a week, rather than 37.5.

It is also available to people who live more than 400 metres from a bus stop and do not have their own transport.