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COUNCIL bosses have apologised after an email was sent out telling carers of disabled people they would now have to pay for Victoria Theatre tickets.

The Halifax theatre now subsidises tickets for anyone who accompanies a registered disabled person – but sent out the email saying they would no longer do this from April 1.

Council bosses said the email was sent out by mistake but admitted they are considering cutting the free tickets.

Glenda Gibson, 65, of Wadsworth Lane, Hebden Bridge, received the email and said she was horrified. She cares for her husband Stuart, 66, who had a stroke and is in a wheelchair and enjoys going to concerts.

Mrs Gibson said: “There are a lot of carers who take people who might not want to go if they have to pay.

“I’m not into classical music but I put up with it because I can take him and I’m not paying. It’s going to affect a lot of people.”

Mrs Gibson received an email on April 4 stating that the previous email was incorrect but said it was “highly likely” that the theatre will cease to provide free carer tickets later this year.

Any carer who paid for a ticket between April 1 and 4 can contact the box office for a refund.

Calderdale Council’s director of safer and stronger communities, Robin Tuddenham, said: “No decision has been made on whether or not we should charge admission to people who are carers of people with disabilities when they accompany them to the Victoria Theatre and we apologise for the error.

“The council will be consulting on this issue but no decision will be made without undertaking a clear and transparent process.”

l Do you think the council should continue to subsidise carers’ theatre tickets? Email yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk