Changes to assisted bin service in Sheffield mooted

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People aged over 65 in Sheffield could no longer all receive assistance with their bin collections under new plans to provide a ‘fairer’ service.

Sheffield Council is consulting on proposed changes to its assisted bin service, where some residents have refuse teams to collect and return their bins once emptied.

Currently, people aged over 65, those who are younger but have a medical condition which prevents them from being able to put their bins out and where there is nobody to help are eligible.

Under the new proposals, people who are blind or partially sighted, have blue badges for parking or receives certain allowances for war pensioners or disabled people will be able to apply.

Others may be able to get it on a temporary basis for less than six months, if they are recovering from injury, illness or surgery.

Coun Terry Fox, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “I must be clear – this is not about saving money.

“It is about making the service easier for everyone to use and understand, so that we can help the most vulnerable people who need it.

“At the moment, there is a lack of clarity on the type and severity of medical conditions requiring assisted collection.

“Also, information provided by the applicant is not subjected to any checks.

“This means that many people who may be under 65 and eligible for the service, such as women who are heavily pregnant and don’t have anyone to help them, or those who are recovering from an operation, may not receive the help they are entitled to as they don’t know it is available to them.

“Equally, many people in their 60s are fit and well and are happy and able to take their own bins out – so if they choose to do so, we can instead spend that time and money helping someone else.”

Consultation on the plans runs until October 23.

n To take part call 0114 203 7621 or visit https://sheffield.citizenspace.com