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I'm a trustee for a church/charity. We are putting on a

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I'm a trustee for a church/charity. We are putting on a retreat for our ladies. One of them is blind and has a carer. As a reasonable adjustment, we have said her carer can come along free of charge. However, she is now claiming that legally we should also pay for the hourly cost of the carer as well. We have sought advice on this but haven't received any clarity as yet. Can you help?
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Customer: UK
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Customer: I've said the step take above.
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Customer: No
Submitted: 19 days ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  RJM Law replied 19 days ago.

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Expert:  RJM Law replied 19 days ago.

Thank you for the question.  I am just looking this over for you now.

Expert:  RJM Law replied 19 days ago.

It is impossible to provide a definitive answer as the word "reasonable" does not have any definition and is dependent on the specific situation.  However, if the retreat is optional and could be seen as a "privilege" I don't see that a it would be reasonable for your to incur these charges, the fact that you are allowing the carer to come along for free means you aware not costing the individual any additional costs to come along to something which is not a necessity.  In realty, if they felt this was not acceptable, it would require them to take the matter to court and given this issue the cost of doing so would likely far outweigh the rewards.  If the retreat was "mandatory" that may be a different story, however as it would be a privilege I don't see it would be a legal necessity for you to incur these costs. For example, if they wanted to go on holiday, it would not be up to the holiday provider to cover the costs of the carer, but offering free travel for them would not be seen as reasonable.  I hope that makes sense.  

I shall provide you with a helpful link that will assist you in finding a solicitor/representative near your local area. This will provide you with someone nearby your area who can assist you if required.

I hope this information proved helpful. You will find a local solicitor who deals with these matters on the law society webpage which is as follows; (England) (Scotland) (Ireland) (N. Ireland)

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Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Many thanks for this. If we have further questions, I will come back to you or follow up on the links you kindly provided.
Expert:  RJM Law replied 19 days ago.
You are very welcome and I wish you all the best.