Council opts against purchasing community wheelchairs due to liability concerns

A Shropshire council has opted against plans to purchase wheelchairs for the community, citing liability reasons.

According to The Whitchurch Herald, Wem Town Council will instead hire wheelchairs from the Red Cross as and when required.

It had previously been reported that an issue had come up recently about the need to borrow wheelchairs for trips run by a local group as some attendees were virtually housebound.

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Following discussions about whether the council should apply for a grant to Connexus Housing to pay for three lightweight wheelchairs, it was subsequently decided that liability reasons would make it unwise to provide wheelchairs directly.

The reasoning was that the event of anyone using the wheelchairs being injured would result in the council being liable.

Penny O’Hagan clerk of the council, said: “I’ve been advised that it’s not something we should be progressing because of heavy liability on wheelchairs.

“What has been recommended is Red Cross do hire and deliver to door.

“It could be something the group might think about getting a small grant pot of money together to fund that.”

The Whitchurch Herald said that the issue would be discussed further at a later meeting.

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