Monday, 21 October 2013

attending Carers Summit at a cost of £32.40 plus a day's unpaid work

[update: not going, can't afford to, car cost £200 for MOT today and washing machine broke down]

I'm planning to attend the Carers Summit in Glasgow this Friday, hosted by Carers Scotland.  But unfortunately there are no travel expenses for attending, for those like me who are unpaid carers on £59/week.  I will leave the house before 7am and not return until about 6pm. 

I will get the train from Cupar, at a cost of £32.40, after driving there from the village I live in.  Although I have a bus pass now that I'm 61 years old, I can't take a bus for long journeys due to health issues.

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, is doing the keynote address. Topics include Welfare Reform and Carers Scotland priorities.  

As an unpaid carer, activist and campaigner, I think it is important for me to attend this event, to have a voice and to network with others.  I take part in many national mental health groups with other carers, where we usually are reimbursed for travel costs so we are not out of pocket.

I will bring up this topic of travel expenses at the Carers Summit meeting.


  1. If you are 55 or over, Club 55 is a fantastic way to explore Scotland by train and all for £19 return.

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    1. Aye but there are restrictions:

      Monday to Friday you can travel on all services except:

      Those arriving into Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley, Haymarket, Dundee or Aberdeen before 0930.
      Those departing Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket between 1643 and 1810.
      The 1815 Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Streetand 1815 Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley services.

    2. So, in other words, it's OK if you're not going to Glasgow or Edinburgh until later in the morning and travelling back before 4.40pm or after 6.10pm. It just doesn't work for events or meetings but is OK for shopping or sightseeing which, on a carer's allowance, I can't afford to do anyway.