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This is an awkward question. I understand it may take a while to find someone able to answer. I am happy to wait. Maybe you could check back in a week.
Yes, parent/carer, who provide transport for the disabled son.
OK. My son receives a personal budget for his extra-care needs. This includes things like the cost of attending a day care unit. Since 2008 he has been attending, firstly a special college unit, and lately a farm providing special care.
Initially we were told that travel costs would be payed for, but we have in fact taken him every day to his placements. We did not deduct the travel costs from his care budget. Now we are told that if there is any money in his account which has not been spent on appropriate care-related needs, we must send that back to the council.
I realise that we are fortunate to have this budget in the first place, but we are very careful how we spend it, so a surplus does build up in his account. However, there are many more appropriate costs that we could include, such as the extra power and water used to wash his bedding every day because he is totally incontinent.
So, my question is, could we reclaim the costs incurred in taqking him to and from his day placements for the last 6 years?