A hospital worker is ‘forced’ to hire a moped to get around because it’s now cheaper than taking the bus to work
A hospital worker has resorted to hiring a moped so she can get to work every day – as the current cost of living crisis is making public transport too expensive. Nicola Nolan, from Pembrokeshire, rents the moped from the Preseli Rural Transport Association after her motorbike broke down and she couldn’t afford a new one.
On top of that, she says the rural bus service is too expensive and only passes near her house twice a day. The cost of running the moped is less than £10 per week which is cheaper than driving a car or even paying for the bus fare every day.
Ms Nolan told BBC Wales: ‘Where I live in the countryside there are two buses a day and a shuttle which you need to book in advance. It helped me a little, but it forced me to change my shifts. You have to plan ahead and plan ahead, which isn’t always possible. The scooter costs something like £8 to fill up the tank which will last me a week and it’s a lot cheaper than running a car and anything else.
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As well as public transport, the current cost of living crisis in the UK is hitting people in the pocket in other ways. As food and energy prices soar, families across the UK are feeling the greatest strain on their income for a generation and are having to make impossible choices between heating their homes or eating. You can read more about how it affects people’s lives here.
Sustrans Cymru, a charity aiming to make it easier to walk and cycle in Wales, said public transport is seen as “a luxury” for many people in the current climate due to the cost of living crisis and impact and consequences. of Covid-19. “Too many people are struggling to access transport,” charity director Christine Boston told BBC Wales.
“The impact of Covid and the cost of living crisis means that transport is becoming a luxury for some who can afford it and everyone else is excluded. The majority of local authorities have more than half of their population paying more than 10% of their household income on transport, which is the level considered to be in transport poverty.
“”It’s even worse in valley communities with more than half of households facing these costs. Vulnerable groups are even more affected, such as the elderly who find it difficult to access health care, as well as children who cannot access after-school clubs and people with disabilities who find it difficult to access work as a result.
The Welsh Government has announced a package of support measures to help people cope with the cost of living crisis. Finance and Local Government Minister Rebecca Evans said last month: “Since November last we have invested more than £380m in a support program for low-income households to deal with the immediate pressures and severe on the cost of living.
“This included funding for the Winter Fuel Support Scheme, which provided a £200 payment to eligible households to help cover the cost of essential bills over the winter. We will also provide additional fuel cost support for the coming winter and looking at how we can expand the scheme to ensure more people receive the £200 payment. The support scheme will also fund a £150 cost of living payment for households in tax brackets. from the AD Council and for all households receiving assistance from the Council’s tax reduction scheme.
“An additional £25m is being made available to local authorities in the form of a discretionary fund to provide additional and targeted support to households struggling with the massive rise in the cost of living. been made available to the Discretionary Assistance Fund to provide financial support to those under extreme financial pressure, extending additional support until the end of March 2023. In addition to this, we will continue to lobby the government UK to use the significant levers at its disposal to support the most vulnerable through the difficult times ahead.”
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