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112 NHS Trusts are STILL hiking hospital car park fees despite Health Secretary’s pledge to clamp down on the rip-off charges

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last year vowed crackdown on charges for visitors and patients, but 63 per cent have since raised their fees with one hiking prices by 960 per cent.

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Last night campaigners and MPs called for legislation to curb or even wipe out the charges.
Wye Valley NHS Trust (pictured, Hereford County Hospital which is part of the Trust) was one of the worst offenders after raising its average hourly rate from 33p to £3.50

One of the worst offenders was Wye Valley NHS Trust, which raised its average hourly rate from 33p to £3.50 – a 960 per cent increase. Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in London also angered patients, doubling its average hourly charge from £1.50 to £3.

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Some in northern counties envy the Scottish benefits – but would they last?

Men from the Ministry/Scots Referendum
As we near the fateful day, it perhaps isn’t surprising that there are people south of the border who are envious of the benefits which people in Scotland enjoy free:

  • Prescription charges
  • Elderly Care
  • University Tuition Fees
  • Bus Passes from age 60
  • Bedroom Tax
  • Hospital parking charges
  • Bridge Toll Fees

Listening to some of the televised debates one could take an implication that an independent Scotland would be able to make more things free. In reality we think it might be wise to keep hold of this list, and see how many remain after a few years of independence, and the facing of reality alone. I’d put a better chance on them remaining if Scotland decides to remain part of the Union.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to reform hospital parking rules

Relatives of chronically ill patients must be given free or cheap hospital parking under new rules announced by the Government.

Patients with disabilities and those with frequent appointments as well as staff working shifts will also benefit from the shake-up, according to Jeremy Hunt.
Hospital Car Parking chages
The Health Secretary said new guidelines for English hospitals had been drawn up to put an end to the stress of “unfair” charges.

Trusts should waive fines when an overstay is beyond the control of the driver, such as treatment taking longer than planned, under the reforms.

Mr Hunt last month admitted he had concerns about the fees being charged to park at some hospitals after being pressed by Conservative backbenchers to put an end to the “rip-off” costs.

The guidance sets out for the first time that hospital trusts are responsible for the actions of any privately contracted firms they use to run their car parking operations.

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Tory plan to give shoppers 15 minutes free parking on double yellow lines

A Cabinet minister’s proposal to allow shoppers to park for 15 minutes on double yellow lines has been dismissed by a Coalition junior minister as ‘dangerous and unworkable’.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, a Tory, suggested the scheme as a way to help ailing retailers.

But transport minister Norman Baker, whose Liberal Democrat colleagues actually want to increase parking charges, claimed the plan would increase congestion and drive people away.
Free for all: Motorists would not be hit with fines if they leave their car on double yellow lines for up to quarter of an hour

Free for all: Motorists would not be hit with fines if they leave their car on double yellow lines for up to quarter of an hour

He said: ‘The idea of actually having cars parked for a very long period of time on a double yellow line undermines the purposes of the yellow line and I’m advised it’s unworkable. They are there for a reason, often for safety reasons.’

He added: ‘I’m not in favour of motorists who park illegally, blocking parking spaces for those who want to use them properly.’

But sources close to Mr Pickles argue that parking fines are doled out too eagerly, and are partly responsible for killing off the high street.
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PLANS to raise parking charges to fund freedom passes branded as “discrimination” against drivers

PLANS to raise parking charges to fund freedom passes for the elderly has been branded as “discrimination” against drivers.

Parking charges are set to increase by more than a third across the borough as Bromley Council try to raise an extra £1.28m.

The extra income will be used to fund other transport spending, including freedom passes, which allow people over 60 to travel for free on public transport.

The biggest hourly increases are at Station Road car park in Bromley, which will see an increase from 60p to £1 and for short-stay parking in the roads closest to Bromley town centre, where charges will increase from £1.10 to £1.50.

Chairman of Bromley Borough Roads Action Group Roger Lawson said: “I think it’s deplorable car parking is going up at all.
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Cambridge park and ride ‘monopoly’ to end and save council £600,000

New management of five Cambridge park and ride sites plus open competition for bus operators could save £600,000 per year, the county council says.

The Conservative-led council currently runs the sites itself and the service is operated by Stagecoach.

A council spokesman said it was not recouping its running costs from the operator’s contract and encouraging competition was in the public interest.

Stagecoach confirmed it would bid to both manage and operate the service.

Councillor Steve Criswell, cabinet member for community infrastructure, said changes to the city’s park and ride operation were necessary to reduce the annual deficit.
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Struggling motorists in Northern Ireland now facing higher parking charges

Hard up drivers in Northern Ireland have been dealt another financial blow with a dramatic increase in car parking charges being introduced. Motorists are already having to cope with rising fuel costs, tax and car insurance but will now have to find an extra 40p an hour for street parking in Belfast.
The rise of 20 per cent has seen charges increase from £1 to £1.20 for an hours parking, which has incensed the cities motorists, who will face a 10p an hour increase if they decide to use any car park operated by the Roads Service or a typical DRD car park, whose tariffs have risen from 60p to 70p.
The new charges will be rolled out across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks and have already been introduced in Belfast. Only six of the 132 government run car parks will be unaffected by the price hikes in Northern Ireland, whilst all of Belfast’s on-street parking has increased.
This is the first blanket increase of car-parking charges in seven years and they have alarmed business owners. Glyn Roberts of the Northern Ireland Independent Retails Traders Association (NIITRA) said, “We weren’t aware of the extent of the hikes, which sound a bit excessive. However, our main concern is to ensure that on-street parking charges will not be introduced in another 30 town centres across the province.”
A spokesperson from DRD revealed that the legislation to introduce the price increases had been approved by the Northern Ireland Assembly back in March 2011.

Pensioner wins victory over council in row over 20 pence

A pensioner has won a victory against Epsom and Ewell Borough Council after his parking fine was quashed following a row over 20 pence.

Trevor Davies, 67, from Sutton, was left with a £50 fine and threatened with debt collectors after he was caught short for the remaining 20 pence of a £3.20 parking charge while visiting Epsom.

Taking his chances Mr Davies put £3 in the machine only to find a ticket on his return.

Apologetic, Mr Davies returned to the council the following morning with a letter of apology and a 20 pence piece hoping to pay what he owned.
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Now insurance companies offer cover for £300-a-year NHS hospital parking fees

Cancer patients are being offered health insurance to cover the cost of car parking at NHS hospitals.

The policy pays patients £300 a year towards parking fees in the event of illness.

The average cancer sufferer makes more than 50 visits to hospital during treatment at an annual cost of £325.

Parking is a major expense for the seriously ill and has caused rising anger, with the fees being branded a ‘tax on the sick’.

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