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17th Oct, 2021

Free parking scheme for NHS staff set to end

Rob George 26th Aug, 2021

COUNCIL chiefs have revealed free parking for Worcester’s NHS workers, social care staff and NHS volunteer responders will end.

Introduced in April 2020 as part of the national response to the pandemic, the temporary scheme was withdrawn nationally on June 21.

Guildhall bosses initially retained the thank you for heath care staff in the city but have now confirmed it will come to an end on Monday (August 31)

This means from September 1, NHS workers, social care staff and NHS volunteer responders will need to pay to park if they use the City Council’s car parks or on-street parking bays, just as they did prior to the pandemic.

A Worcester City Council spokesman said: “The scheme which allowed NHS workers, social care staff and NHS volunteer responders to park for free if they displayed the appropriate pass was always intended to be temporary.

“We are pleased to have been able to keep it running for more than two months after the Government closed it down nationally.

“Most other councils have already brought it to an end and we will be doing the same next week. From September 1 the NHS car park passes will no longer be accepted, and everyone who uses our car parks will need to pay in the usual way.”

The council’s parking staff will talk to anyone who tries to use an NHS parking pass after August 31, to make them sure they are aware the scheme has ended.

NHS staff continue to be eligible for free parking in hospital car parks.

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