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.
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.