A couple of weeks ago the Government announced that they were cutting the free swimming for over 60s programme that Cornwall Council had signed up to. The programme was due to last until next April but was being cut to save money they said.
Across the UK, they said that most users of the scheme would have gone swimming anyway and the cost was far too high. In Cornwall we were able to keep costs down and had seen a good take-up but have accepted that the scheme is being cut as a result of budget pressures.
But full marks to the Council for continuing with a discount rate for over 60s. Instead of paying between £3.10 and £3.50 to swim, over 60s will be able to do so for £2.30.
The original free scheme will, however, run until the end of this month.