'Good outcome all round' as 260,000 benefit from legal challenge

Thursday, May 22nd 2014

As reported, a Law Centre has challenged a South Yorkshire transport authority after it withdrew concessionary rate travel fees for disabled and older people. The local authority has now confirmed the reinstatement of these concessionary rates from 8 June. 

Douglas Johnson, specialist adviser at Sheffield Citizens Advice and Law Centre (SCALC) has said: “I’m very pleased the Transport Committee has confirmed the decision to reinstate concessionary travel for disabled people. This completely satisfies the aim of our clients’ Judicial Review and it means we won’t have to go to court."

"It is a good outcome all round. As well as benefitting 265,000 people in South Yorkshire, the case has highlighted the importance of equality issues to elected Councillors across the four local authorities. And the local economy benefits by £1.50 for every £1 spent on concessionary travel.”

Sheffield Star - "Transport bosses approve changes to concessionary travel across South Yorkshire" 

Sheffield Telegraph - "Legal review on South Yorkshire transport cuts cost £15,000"