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***ROD Interim Amendments to Cambridge City Council’s Taxicard Scheme

i. Agree a proposal to allow members of Cambridge City Council’s Taxicard Scheme to use two vouchers on each trip from 1 April 2021 – 30 September 2021. This would allow the user up to £7.60 towards the cost of a taxi trip as opposed to one voucher of £3.80. Recognising members may have financial difficulties as a result of Covid or have additional health problems and are relying on taxis to get them from A to B, it would help to provide additional financial support to Taxicard members (disabled people on low incomes) to help to pay for their taxi journeys.
ii. Agree for Taxicard members to receive a book of 50 vouchers valued at £3.80 each from 1 April 2021 – 30 September 2021 and to be able to use two vouchers per trip if so choosing to whilst a review of the Taxicard scheme is progressed.
iii. Agree that a further book of vouchers will be made available to Taxicard members during this period if requested. In this event, a proportionate amount of vouchers will be issued for the remainder of 6 the month period

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/10/2021

Decision due: Before 23 Mar 2021 by Executive Councillor for Open Spaces, Food Justice and Community Development

Contact: Claire Tunnicliffe, Committee Manager Email: claire.tunnicliffe@cambridge.gov.uk.

Background Information: Why the decision had to be made (and any alternative options): The Taxicard is a Scheme that helps disabled people on low incomes pay for taxi journeys. The scheme operates by issuing members with a book of 100 vouchers running from 1 April – 31 March each year. Each voucher is currently worth £3.70, this figure increases by 10p each year. Officers are currently carrying out a review of the existing Taxicard Scheme with the aim of increasing usage by its members with the remit of a more flexible Taxicard scheme. Whilst the review is being undertaken it is considered to be prudent to only issue only 6 months of vouchers at this time so that a revised scheme, if approved can then be introduced in 2021/22. During the covid pandemic and reduced public transport provision on some routes members of the Taxicard scheme may need to use taxi’s more. By allowing the use of two vouchers per trip it will provide more support to members but will remain within the overall provision of the sche


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