Council looks to mobility firms to provide service after Shopmobility shuts

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Wigan Council has said it is working with mobility businesses in the area to provide a service for local people after a local Shopmobility service, which had been running for 32 years, closed recently.

The Shopmobility, which loaned mobility scooters and wheelchairs to people on a short-term basis, had been run by the council until seven years ago after which it cut £100,000 of funding for the service.

But falling sales, inflation costs and salary and pension increases forced trustees of the Shopmobility to close the store.

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Now a council spokesperson has told a local newspaper that the closure comes as “a big loss” to the local area and the authorities are looking to mobility companies to provide a solution.

They told the Leigh Journal: “Although this is not a service the council are directly required to offer, we do recognise its importance and we are working with mobility scooter providers borough-wide to see whether this service can be provided in a different way.”

In many areas of the country councils have deals with mobility providers to help them offer a Shopmobility service whereby businesses supply equipment and maintenance.

But nation-wide funding cuts have forced many Shopmobility services to close if they are unable to find the necessary cash.

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  1. Fraser Brown said:

    H there, we may be able to assist. We are a company (National Mobility Hire) specialising is fleet supply and management of mobility equipment to many sites throughout the U.K.. I have tried contacting wigan council who are a little unsure of the current situation.

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