Every year the news that train fares will be going up leads to an outburst of political bickering amongst the Towns’ politicos.
The mud is slung back and forth, debating what percentage fares would’ve gone up under one party and whose most at fault.
Meanwhile hard-pressed commuters worryingly look at their budgets to see if/how they are going to be able to cope with forking out more money for travel.
Amid the debate about percentages it’s worth remembering many people think fares shouldn’t be going up at all. Why pay more if the service stays the same, they ask.
The truth is, whatever party is in power, fares go up. The percentages may be different but that’s likely to be of little comfort.
Running the railways costs money, and the government wants you to foot more of the bill.
The white paper stipulating this was introduced by the last Labour government in 2007, but the Tories haven’t rushed to reverse it.
When the railways were nationalised, tax payers and commuters split the cost down the middle. One thing our politicians agree on is that fares are too high, so would they contemplate re-nationalisation?
Bosses at Medway Hospital show no signs of backing down in the row over blue badge charges, which will return to the agenda this week.
Councillors called for them to be scrapped at full council last month, but in a letter the hospital’s deputy chief executive Patrick Johnson said they are satisfied their position is “equitable and reasonable”, pointing out the hospital offers a number of concessions for disabled visitors.
Chief executive Mark Devlin is due to be quizzed by councillors on the health committee tomorrow evening (Tuesday).