Free parking for health workers, carers and volunteers to end on August 31

Copenhagen Street Car Park

The national temporary scheme that provided free parking to NHS workers, social care staff and NHS volunteer responders ended on 21 June this year, but Worcester City Council has kept it in place within the city.

Introduced in April 2020 as part of the national response to the pandemic, the initiative has already been stopped by many other councils across the country. Worcester City Council will be bringing it to an end on 31 August.

This means that, from 1 September, 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 that 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 and 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 the initiative to an end and we will be doing the same on 31 August. From 1 September 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 31 August, to make them sure they are aware that the scheme has ended.

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

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