Concerns that the £5 congestion charge in central London would
negatively affect social care staff and services have proved
Social care professionals in the eight London boroughs that the
charge applies to are not exempt from the toll, unlike most health
workers. A survey by Community Care revealed most of the
affected boroughs paid the charge on behalf of their staff or
encouraged them to use public transport or walk.
The eight-square mile congestion-charging zone was brought in by
the Greater London Authority on 17 February 2003 to reduce the
amount of traffic going through the capital.