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Hammersmith & Fulham continuing to fight the good fight

H&F is rapidly turning into my favourite council, and I've just been e-mailed by them about one particular abhorrence that will come about as a result of the western extension of the congestion charge. It notes that the main maternity hospital serving the borough is the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which is deep inside the charge zone, whereas most of its catchment area is not.

It notes, "Mums who pay on the day will have to stump up £8 but those in labour for extended periods will have to pay more, £10 if paid after midnight and £50 after 24 hours", adding "This scheme is cutting residents off from vital services, of which maternity units are just one example. Do we really expect women in labour to jump on a bus? And should they really be fined if they forget to pay the charge whilst in labour?".

Agreed. Is paying the wretched charge really going to be a top priority for a woman when her waters break?

A 'go slow' protest is planned for Saturday, and I wish it every success.

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Blogger Newmania said... 12:40 pm

The con-gestion charge zone will spread from Greenwich to the Westend. It never had anything to do with cingestion and I resent to the way we have continued to use the term.

Car Tax is the correct nomenclature  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 1:56 pm

talking of congestion , I note that Mr mania isnt so ill that he cant blog  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:28 pm

N - Indeed. It is tax farming pure and simple.

PH - Maybe blogging is all that is acting as a life support system for the unfotuante Mr Mania.  



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