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County Council hands over responsibility for stairlifts to Preston City Council

Posted on - 6th July, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Preston City Council will organise a contract for stairlifts and other lifting equipment.
Preston City Council will organise a contract for stairlifts and other lifting equipment. Pic: LindaDee2006, Flickr

Preston City Council will be undertaking a new contract to organise stairlifts and other lifting equipment through the Disabled Facilities Grant.

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The council says it is hoping to absorb the impact of the change on those using the service, and looking to set up a five-year contract to avoid as much disruption to services as possible.

The council will look to procure a supplier for the new equipment by the end of November, after Lancashire County Council decided to delegate the services to district councils.

The County Council has been supplying facilities on a county-wide scheme, but has decided to pass this to local councils as it is not part of its statutory duty to provide them.

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This change will lead to Preston City Council being responsible for the ordering, installation, maintenance and repairing liabilities of lifting equipment in the city.

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In the past 12 months, Preston City Council has spent over £1.5 million and helped over 250 people with improving some of their facilities.

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