Robert Halfon set to debate hospital car parking

Politics / Mon 29th Jan 2018 at 11:28am

Statement from Robert Halfon

ON Thursday, I am debating hospital car parking charges in Parliament.

I have long-campaigned on this issue and am glad to be able to raise it with the Government this week. The more support the Bill gets, the more likely it is that we will see the end of this stealth tax on drivers using the NHS.

Through my research, I have been in contact with various charities to find out more about the effects of the charges on patients’ every day lives. CLIC Sargent have carried out research too and sent me the following statement:

“We are fully behind Robert Halfon’s Hospital Car Parking Charges Bill as we know the burden paying for hospital car parking, day in day out, can place on young people with cancer and their families. A cancer diagnosis can cost young people and their families on average £600 per month in additional expenses. At a time when costs go up and income often goes down the financial pressures that paying for hospital car parking when your child is having treatment is unacceptable.

We found that families were paying an average of £37 in car parking charges every month, with some families paying up to £10 per day. We support Robert in calling Government to end unfair hospital parking charges once and for all and ease the financial burden on families of young cancer patients.”

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