London Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised free travel on London’s public transport for carers and companions of disabled people, if he is re-elected.
The move would benefit family members and friends, as well as professional carers, helping disabled passengers on the bus, overground and tube.
He is up for re-election in May, and announced the latest pledge for free travel for carers on the same day that Londoners were told of a 2.7% rail price hike last week.
He has, however, frozen Transport for London pay-as-you-go prices for 2020, the fourth time he has done so since his 2016 election.
Alan Benson, chair of London disability campaign group Travel for All, said: “The rights of disabled people are rarely put front and centre by policy makers, so this is a welcome change.
“The provision of a companion pass is an access requirement in the same way as a lift is. Without it many disabled people simply cannot travel, as they can’t travel alone.”
Khan is forecast by polls to gain re-election in May.
In related news, Penrose Care has become one of the first private businesses to be accredited with the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard, an initiative launched to recognise best employment practice in the capital.
The provider, based in Camden, was provisionally accredited at the launch of the scheme in July and fully accredited in September, following completion of City Hall’s screening process.
The Good Work Standard assesses organisations on four pillars: Pay & Conditions, Workplace Wellbeing, Skills and Development, and Diversity and Recruitment.