Cost of travel being reimbursed

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  • #31855
    s wilde
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    Has anyone addressed the issue of monies being paid by the authority in respect of the cost of transporting special needs children to school where they live over 3 miles from the school.
    Our authority is considering paying the cost of the travel directly to the parents rather than directly to the provider (the taxi firm).
    The question is should this be taken into account (as income) when assessing benefit entitlement

    #89087
    Anonymous
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    If it’s classified as a Direct Payment it’s disregarded

    #89088
    s wilde
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    Do you mean if we pay direct to the taxi firm? If so what I’m asking is …if we pay the claimant the money rather than the taxi firm is that money treated as income for the claimant. The authority wants to stop arranging the transport but wants to give the money to the parent (our claimant) so they sort out how the child gets to school.

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    Anonymous
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    #89089
    Anonymous
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    I’m fairly certain this would not fall within a Direct Payment.

    However, it would be a payment made by the LA (“education dept”) to the parent for a specific purpose and the parent could not then spend it as they wished and would not be beneficial owner – therefore it should be disregarded as income.

    Effectively the LA is cutting out the bureaucracy and cost of paying invoices from taxi companies and is instead passing it onto parents. Next they’ll ask claimants to administer their own HB!

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