Better services for vulnerable people is given the go ahead in South Cambridgeshire

PUBLISHED: 15:03 04 January 2015

Susan with Alan Edwards from Cambridge Dial-a-Ride and David Wherrell from Royston and District Community Transport,

Susan with Alan Edwards from Cambridge Dial-a-Ride and David Wherrell from Royston and District Community Transport,

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A call to make improvements to community transport in South Cambridgeshire has been given county support.

A motion put forward by councillor Susan van de Ven, who represents Melbourn on Cambridgeshire County Council, has won unanimous support.

The motion calls for the county’s Cambridgeshire Future Transport Steering Group – which advises on community transport spending – to begin working closely with community transport providers and advocacy groups such as the Cambridgeshire Alliance for Independent Living and the Care Network to improve what’s on offer.

Councillor van de Ven said: “The problem that we have is that there has not been very much strategic thinking on how to ensure that community transport survives.

“Community transport affects the most vulnerable and isolated in society, yet it only relies on grants.

“Investing modestly in community saves money for health and social care services, as people can live healthier, more independent lives.”

She plans to apply for NHS funding to help support the cost of the initiative.

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