Law Centre gets transport provider to rethink disabled concession cuts

Tuesday, May 13th 2014

Clients of Sheffield Citizens Advice and Law Centre (SCALC) have expressed pleasure at proposals to reinstate the full travel concession for disabled people in South Yorkshire. 

After a decision in February to cut concessionary travel, two disabled clients of SCALC issued Judicial Review proceedings, with the help of specialist adviser Douglas Johnson instructing senior barrister Kate Markus QC of Doughty Street Chambers. They argued that the Transport Authority had not considered the impact on disabled people adequately. This meant it had failed to comply with the legal duties in the Equality Act 2010.

The Transport Authority acknowledged that “there is always the risk that any claimant in Judicial Review proceedings will be successful”. It will now recommend a full reinstatement of travel concessions for disabled people as well as a new halffare concession for older people on trains.

If approved, the reinstated concessions will come into force next month (June) and will benefit over 260,000 concessionary passholders in South Yorkshire.

Client Michelle Turner said, "the concession helps people with disabilities to overcome disadvantages arising from their disability. It enables mobility, tackles social isolation, supports access to training, employment, volunteering and caring, and enables independent living." 

Click below for a a press release from SCALC and for coverage in the local press:

Yorkshire Post - "Court challenge over move to cut concessionary travel in South Yorkshire"

Sheffield Star - "South Yorks transport cut protestors shock ‘victory’"

Sheffield Star - "New South Yorkshire travel deal on table after pensioners’ campaign"

BBC News - "Review of South Yorkshire travel cuts announced"

SCALC-LSU Press Release May 2014Download[100 KB]