Budget cuts trap family in town

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A WOMEN who is a full time carer for three family members is being trapped in Towcester thanks to council budget cuts.

Mary Reed of Bickerstaffe Road looks after her husband and two sons who all have Huntingdon’s disease. Her husband is in a wheel chair full time and Mrs Reed recently lost her only form of transport when concessionary bus passes for carers were scrapped.

The 54-year-old, is up at 5.30am everyday to start caring for her family helping them to dress, feed themselves and keeping them clean.

She is annoyed and frustrated at the cuts and added: “We’ve been around Towcester and seen it all and basically we used to look forward to getting out of the town once or twice a month.

“But we can’t go now because I don’t have £6.90 for a return ticket to Northampton, for me that’s gas and electric and that comes first.”

Chris Lofts, a Liberal Democrat member for South Northants Council has picked up the case and is lobbying Northants County Council to reinstate carers’ bus passes.

He said: “It’s crazy. A young blind person could take a guide dog on a bus for free but can’t take his mother.

“The only response from Jim Harker, the leader of NCC, was that they could not afford the £50,000 a year it would cost to implement the change across the whole county.”

There was disagreement among county and district Conservative cabinet members this week as NCC’s Andrew Grant said it was the district council’s decision, while SNC’s Ian McCord blamed the county council for the cut.