travel costs

I often take my son to places he needs to be, like his voluntary work, or respite.

While travelling to these places, I don't have to pay because he has a companion card.

But on the way home, I have to pay these costs.

This can take a chunk out of the pittance that is carers allowance

Why the contribution is important

It would mean that what little money we have goes a bit further. 

by Julesjohnston on August 27, 2015 at 02:59PM

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  • Posted by SG_Social_Security_Policy_Team_Member August 31, 2015 at 10:21

    Thank you for your suggestion. Does anyone else have experience of this sort of situation?
  • Posted by bonjen3 September 02, 2015 at 13:46

    Yes I do , I am trying to support my 20 year old daughter with learning disabilities and a visual impairment to self travel on the train between home and her residential college placement. At the moment the local council social work provide her with a taxi at a cost of £85 per journey , yet will not allow me to use her SDS to pay for a return train ticket for a carer ? It does not make sense. My daughter is visually impaired so travels for free on the train , as her carer I should be able to do a return journey for free, or at the very least a reduced rate.
  • Posted by Stv63 September 02, 2015 at 23:43

    In order to care for my friend I have known for 20 years, I need to travel to her house every day, this takes a large amount of the tiny allowance given to me. She has a pass for 2 but this only gets used when we go out together. There definitely needs to be passes for carers or at least a discount on the monthly bus pass like students get.
  • Posted by johnbuckley October 02, 2015 at 13:44

    I agree that any travel costs incurred by carers, should be waived and in my own case,I represent carers at local authority planning group meetings and it can be a 50 mile round trip and yet the LA have decided against offering some kind of mileage allowance. LA's should offer expenses to carers attending any meetings.
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