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TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TfL) has reversed a much criticised decision to cut Taxi Card funding by over ten per cent.

TfL had proposed to slash the subsidised taxi and private hire fare scheme for disabled and mobility-impaired Londoners by up to 13 per cent but came under pressure from London Councils, which represents the capital’s local authorities.

Julian-BellCouncillor Julian Bell, chairman of the London Council’s transport and environment committee and Labour leader of Ealing Council said:

The Taxi Card cut is unjustifiable and I believe, goes against an election pledge by Sadiq Khan. The cuts, which had been proposed without an equalities impact assessment, could leave the London authority open to a legal challenge.

Sadiq Khan and his transport deputy Val Shawcross have since announced that the mayor and TfL are: “Fully committed to the Taxi Card scheme and can guarantee that there will be no reduction at all in the service being provided anywhere across the boroughs of London.”

Councillor Bell added: “We are delighted that we have secured this commitment on behalf of London’s Taxi Card users and our member boroughs. Now that we know that TfL’s Taxi Card’s budget will be maintained in 2018-19, we can focus on ensuring the scheme works in the best possible way for users.”

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