Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FAREPAK SCANDAL My Sister Died Still Waiting Cash for; Bus Services Face Axe after Pounds 2.4m Budget Cuts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FAREPAK SCANDAL My Sister Died Still Waiting Cash for; Bus Services Face Axe after Pounds 2.4m Budget Cuts

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Byline: MIKE MORGAN

THE family of a Teesside woman are still waiting for compensation from the collapsed Farepak saving scheme three years after she died.

Pauline Brown died of cancer in 2008 while still battling to secure money owed from the failed Christmas fund.

Her sister Valerie Taylor today said they family have not yet received a penny amid lengthy delays to payouts.

Hundreds of Teessiders lost savings when the Farepak went under in 2006.

Bus services face axe after pounds 2.4m budget cuts Sheffield, which has already been reduced from half hourly to hourly and has no late evening journeys. Nether Green pensioner John Keenan, aged 77, who fought to save the service, said: "The impact of its withdrawal or further downgrading would be bad for elderly passengers who cannot walk uphill to the nearest high-frequency route, the 120." Jacqueline Milner, secretary of Sheffield Pensioners' Action Group, said: "Whatever is cut is going to have an impact on somebody and it's sad things have come to this. "It is true you sometimes have buses with very few peopleonthem- but those passengers rely on the service. "I hope any cuts are carefully managed to ensure areas still have some service." Passengers in Sheffield city centre were also concerned at possible reductions in services. Janet Whyte, a retired carer from Inkersall, near Chesterfield, said: "People in rural areas like ours need buses more than in the city because there's no alternative transport available. …

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