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The Birmingham ring and ride is a charity yes, but it does not use volunteer staff they are all proffessionals, The recent cuts will affect the company as the main contributer of cash is Centro
and they are cutting back 15% this year I copied following text from Centro website
As a Council Tax payer, some of your contributions go towards funding the work that Centro carries out. Centro is also able to raise revenue from the Government, as well as the European Community through various grants and also receives income from the private sector.
That shows were Centro get the cash they give the Ring and ride. The cuts may affect service.
Our ring and ride have had to put the prices my driver Paul told me that the part funding will stop from the council if they can't put up their prices.
So mine has now more than doubled from £6.40 last week to £12.45 this week.
Today. my Son has a discount Bus train ticket run by the same council call Explorer its mainly for teenagers and that will now stop altogether on the 31st March.
Why are councils picking on the elderly & the young all of a sudden and still not looking at the sky high salaries of the councillors. More to the point why isn't the government doing something about it.
60p per journey for pass holders from 1st of April 2011, thats £1-20 there and back. Its a shame they have to start charging, but for many people this service is a lifeline.
it seems the majority of passengers when questioned prefered the payment to a reduction in service. I have just had my council rates bill "Community charge" and it has not gone up a lot on last year.