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Posted 28th October 2014 at 8:19AM
Last year, my father and I played bowls over the winter months at Torkington park. We had applied for a bowling permit and were granted a discount because we had a leisure key and were over 60 years of age. The fee came to about £16.50.

This year, the Council have increased the bowling permit charge to £25 and introduced a banding system whereby only those who have are eligible for a leisure key in Band A can have a discount - reducing the fee to £18.75.

Those who are eligible include the following categories:
Pension Credits, Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support, Working Tax Credits, Children in Care, Adoptive Children, Asylum Seekers, New Deal, Training Scheme for Young people.

Just the sort of people whom, I'm sure, would welcome the opportunity to play bowls over the Winter months.

If you are over 60 years of age and not in any of the above categories you have to pay the full £25.

Wouldn't it have made more sense to encourage those who actually want to play bowls by offering them a discount?

I suppose the Councils thoughts were along the lines "Well, nobody in Band A is going to want to play bowls (but we've done our bit to help the needy) so all the money we get will be from those who actually want to play so they can cough up the full amount."
Winter Bowling Permit

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