Carers Pay to travel in London

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3,075 ... 90 in two callender days !

That's more like it.

Bookies slightly twitchy ... 12s in some , since 14s in most.

5,000 paw prints by the year end ... and that's only a target ?

Okay , if you must ... hoof prints allowed as well !

Even the "Lobster Pots and Small Craft Safety – time to change the rules ! " petition is 200 ahead of ours !

Let's all take 'em to the cleaners ?

After all , what's at stake ?

£ 400 / 500 million back into OUR pockets !

Carer's Strategy ?

There's theirs ... and there's ours.

Most days I would love to get out & about but, I really can't afford the bus fare. My mum is in a wheelchair & gets a free pass. She can't travel without me but, I still have to pay !

I echo that comment from my own days as a carer .... and buses did NOT have the present roll on / roll off facilities for wheelchairs at that time.
A snippett from the Select Committee on Works and Pensions Report , July 2008 ( See separate thread for the full sp ) :

Concession cards

201. The Government reported that a number of local authorities run schemes that recognise the contribution carers make to society. Some offer discount schemes for transport and leisure facilities for carers, regardless of whether the carer is accompanied by the person they care for; this goes beyond the discounts available to carers when they are accompanying the person they support through schemes such as the disabled person's railcard and concessionary bus fare schemes. It acknowledged that "these discounts can play a big part in allowing carers to take part in the sort of activities that others take for granted, and can help to address carers' isolation."[196]

202. The Princess Royal Trust Salford Carers Centre, for example, is piloting a Carers Leisure Pass, which gives carers unlimited access to council swimming, gym and leisure facilities. Following a carer's assessment, the assessment worker can request a pass electronically from Salford Leisure. Use of the pass is monitored and if it is not used for a continuous period of two months, the Carers Centre is informed and contacts the carer to check that they are well, or if they are having difficulty using the pass or if they no longer want it. The pass has improved the health of a wide range of carers, including working carers, as it is not limited to off-peak use.[197]

203. In its Carers Strategy the Government stated that "in recognition that much good work is already happening, we will be working with local government to make sure that this good practice is spread more widely."[198]

204. In Australia, extensive provision is made at State and local authority level to provide concessionary rates for carers. Recipients of Carer Payment are entitled to a pensioner concession card from the Commonwealth Government, which entitles the holder to reduced cost medicines. Additional concessions vary depending on the state and local authority but include:

reductions in property and water rates and utility bills;
a telephone allowance;
reduced fares on public transport;
reductions on motor vehicle registration; and
free rail journeys within the state each year.

205. We welcome the Government's commitment to work with local authorities to spread the idea of concession cards for carers more widely. We recommend that the Government follows Australia's good example and proactively negotiates concession cards for carers for travel, parking, leisure and other activities with local authorities, business and transport operators to help carers cope with the financial burden of caring.

Travel and Concessory Card schemes / discounts .... from 9 years ago.

Progress since ???

There's no hiding place on the Internet for those who have failed to progress these issues.

They can blame who they like .... carers will be their judge ... and jury !!!

P60s all round .... and no references ???

How say you 6 million good men / women / persons of indeterminate gender true .... ???
3,229 ... the accelaration continues.

Costs of transport soon become unaffordable when you're on a low income & if you're stuck in poverty because you have to look after someone, free public transport should be the least the state can do.

About time carers who are saving the public purse from paying out thousands got some concessions.

I'm signing this because I care and I refuse to see this scale of inequality and do nothing.

Underpaid, undervalued carers should not be penalised with transport costs

Concessionary travel should definitely be in place for carers, when they are accompanying the cared for person

Keep 'em comin' ....

Paw / hoof prints without a comment perfectly acceptable.

Don't just leave it to others .... this is a MAJOR issue for all carers !!!
Now a brief article on Carers Radio ( FaceAche page ) .... took it's time but it finally got there.

No link to this thread ... . can't expect everything , can we from our supporting organisation ?

3,268 as I type , Scottish Youth Parliament now on board.

9,870 " Reads " .... 10,000 by the year end ... probably more once we get things moving forward again.

Email to my mp to resurrect this one together with the 21 Hour Rule still to be sent.

House in limbo following jolly boys outing at the conference , and Brexit demanding all available time.

Apparently , less sheets for the words to " The Red Flag " passed around ... at least some improvement ?

Sing that old ditty as much as you want ... few understand what they mean ???

Old phase used far too often in my banking days ?

Diarise forward ....
3,369 ... momentum has almost gone ... not unexpected for any of the numerous petitiions out there.

However , given the size of the carer army ... ???

Reads now in excess in 10,000 and only me now posting ... weird ... no one else even contributing ???

Still in limbo ... first the General Election , then nothing but Brexit , now the UC debacle.

Nothing other than to diarise forward for a further short period.

No point in trying to resurrect with the House's attention still elsewhere ?
Amanda's petition now at 3,563 as I type.

Unity News are the latest outsiders willing to give said petition some expose.

Apart from that ?

Still not the time to approach my local mp ... events / priorites in the House confirm my assumption.

Budget later this month , the dreaded shutdown over the festive ( For some ? ) period.

Then , hello to 2018.

If ANY reader sees an alternative , please post on here or pm me.

I , on your behalf , will probably have only one shot at this.

The timing is crucial !
Just a headline from today's Daily Telegraph to savour :

Philip Hammond offers discounted rail travel to the under-30s in a bid to win back young voters.

So Mr. H , the votes of X Million carers do not matter ( As if voting for any clown did ? ) ?


Oh well , we shall continue to look elsewhere ... perhaps in a couple of generations time , someone out there might attract our attention ?

Diarise forward ... little else I can do as I type.
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