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Scrapping over-60s' rail cards queried

PUBLISHED: 09:58 04 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:33 11 May 2010

A DECISION to scrap subsidised rail cards for the over-60s in Waveney is being called into question by councillors.

Waveney District Council has been a member of a concessionary travel scheme for several years run by Breckland District Council which allowed the authority to offer subsidised rail cards to over-60s.

A DECISION to scrap subsidised rail cards for the over-60s in Waveney is being called into question by councillors.

Waveney District Council has been a member of a concessionary travel scheme for several years run by Breckland District Council which allowed the authority to offer subsidised rail cards to over-60s.

In October, Waveney's cabinet voted to stop offering the reduced-priced rail cards, which had been bought by an average of about 1,000 people a year in the district.

Five councillors have now requested that the council's overview and scrutiny committee call-in the decision, with Labour councillor Nigel Dack named as lead signatory.

The grounds cited for call-in are that “the decision was not taken in accordance with the principle of good decision-making”. The reasons are: “Not all options were considered and research was not thorough enough. Options that could reduce administrative costs but provide a better and more environmental service to residents over 60 were not considered. This is in contravention of the council's stated aims of 'Better Services for Less Money' and our pledge to reduce the community's environmental impact.”

The issue will be discussed by the committee on Wednesday.

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