Government to take free parking away from NHS staff after latest lockdown restrictions are eased
The government is set to cancel free parking for NHS staff, caregivers and volunteers in municipal car parks across England once the latest lockdown restrictions are lifted.
With the government aiming to lift all Covid-19 restrictions, including social distancing measures, on June 21, key workers will no longer be able to apply for free parking passes from NHS trusts, advice and the Royal Volunteer Service, which enabled them to use – street parking lots and in-street bays owned by local authorities.
In its latest guidelines on free parking in municipal parking lots, the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) said: “Following the release of the government’s roadmap for lifting restrictions on Covid- 19, a decision was made to withdraw the emergency. guide to parking passes by June 21, 2021. ”
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All workers who have been issued free parking passes since March 2020 could be subject to fines if they attempt to use them after the fourth stage of the government’s roadmap to get out of the lockdown, which it says. hopes to implement on June 21 if Covid infection rates remain low.
Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, urged the government to keep the policy under review.
She added: ‘Trust leaders know that NHS staff have greatly appreciated having access to free parking in off-street parking lots and on-street bays owned by local authorities during the pandemic.
“Even though this was a temporary measure, we know that the MHCLG’s decision to end this right on June 21, when the last set of lockdown restrictions will be relaxed, will be a disappointment to staff at the facility. NHS who took advantage.
Fears that the NHS will also remove free parking for hospital staff have been allayed by the Department of Health and Social Affairs, which has said it is determined to continue the program for the duration of the pandemic.
However, DHSC would not commit to allowing free parking for NHS staff once the government ruled the health emergency over.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Affairs said: ‘NHS staff have played an incredible role at every stage of this pandemic, and we’re clear – they shouldn’t be charged for parking when they are at work.
“We are providing funding for NHS staff to ensure they have free parking at the hospital throughout the pandemic response. At the same time, we’re helping hospitals provide free parking for thousands of other NHS patients and visitors, including people with disabilities, frequent outpatients, parents of overnight children and night shift staff. “
MHCLG has been contacted for comment.