Cash cuts see yet another Shopmobility shut its doors

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A Shopmobility and disability advice service in Inverclyde, providing mobility equipment for hire, will be forced to close next month following a cut in vital funding.

Inverclyde Council on Disability (ICOD), based near Glasgow, has had key funding from the Big Lottery Fund cut and has been unable to find a replacement.

Shopmobility services around the country are struggling to stay afloat as funding is squeezed meaning it is becoming more difficult for people to hire mobility equipment.

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John Donnachie, chair of ICOD, told the Greenock Telegraph: “Inverclyde Council on Disability has been an important part of the support structure for people with disabilities in Inverclyde for 30 years. It was a difficult decision by the board to cease providing services, but we wanted to take prompt action in the best interests of our service users and employees.”

It is hoped by councillors that the Shopmobility service will be taken on by another organisation although no one has come forward as of yet.

For Councillor Jim MacLeod, the Shopmobility service run by the charity was the most visible part of the organisation and will be a loss to the community and local businesses.

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