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

The council says it could not find an appropriate provider willing to take on the service, having completed a money-saving review.

East Staffordshire Borough Council-operated Shopmobility, based at Crossley House, Manor Croft, will close on July 21, after more than 30 years of serving the public.

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Roy Whenman, 85, from Stretton called the closure “diabolical”, telling the Burton Mail: “I use the scooter to do my shopping. It is diabolical because we haven’t had notice.

“The amount of customers this will affect is terrible. Quite honestly it is a lifeline and I don’t know how I will do my shopping. I have been using Shopmobility for two or three years.”

Burton Premier Mobility based in the market hall charges £2 per hour or £6 per day to hire mobility scooters. The Burton Mail was told that Burton Premier Mobility is unable to lower its prices for former Shopmobility users.

The closure of Shopmobility has sparked fears that less mobile people not visiting with damage local trade.

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