Call to renew Gold Cards

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Derbyshire Gold Card holders are being urged to get in touch to renew their card as soon as possible.

Most expire in March 2013 which means Derbyshire County Council (DCC) needs to reissue new cards to around 172,000 cardholders before that date.

The last major reissue of cards was in April 2008 and since then many cardholders’ circumstances have changed although new details have not been notified.

To minimise the risk of sending new cards out in error DCC needs to hear from all cardholders who want a new card.

Council Leader Andrew Lewer, said: “Gold Card is a fantastic scheme offering some great travel, shop, business and library benefits. That is why we are continuing to run it.

“We do not want people to lose out on these discounts so we really need to hear from people now so we can make sure new Gold Cards are sent out before old ones expire.

“Unfortunately Gold Card holders who do not get in touch at all cannot be sent a new card.”

Gold Card holders who have a card because of age or due to a permanent disability should request a new card online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/renewyourgoldcard

Anyone who is unable to complete the form online themselves is encouraged to ask a friend or relative to help or go to any county council library where library staff can complete the form on a cardholder’s behalf.

Anyone with a Gold Card because of a temporary disability – either because they would be refused a driving licence or have a long term injury or disability that affects their ability to walk – must get in touch with their local district or borough council.

This is because proof of continuing eligibility needs to be shown.