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Sandwell Council announces 11th hour U-turn on plan to scrap lifeline Shopmobility scheme

Sandwell Council has reversed its decision to axe its 'lifeline' Shopmobility service - hours before the controversial cuts were due to be voted on.

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Disabled users of the mobility scooter service had planned to descend on the council house in Oldbury to protest the axing of Shopmobility - but will now be celebrating a famous victory for people power instead.

Sandwell Shopmobility was founded in 1988 and gives disabled people access to mobility scooters so they can go shopping in West Bromwich.

Tonight Sandwell councillors are set to vote on the budget, which did include a "proposal to cut Shopmobility" however, in an 11th hour decision the council is no longer putting forward the cut, which would have saved £53,000 this year.