Tuesday, 9 September 2014

(updated) £100 bursary travel expenses for Scottish carers to attend Carers UK Summit in London

[update: response from Carers UK, received 8 September 2014, with apology for delay:

"We realise that the bursary may not cover the full costs of attending the summit, especially for those who are coming a long way. Unfortunately, we have limited resources and so the budget for bursaries is not as much as we would like it to be. The ballot for bursaries is always oversubscribed and we try to allocate the fund as fairly as possible. This naturally involves making some difficult decisions about how much to allocate to each group, and some will be disappointed however this is done. We will, however, look at the issues you have raised when we consider how to do this in future, particularly the level of bursary that we are able to offer to members travelling greater distances.

To answer the specific point about the Scottish Carers Parliament which was organised by Carers Scotland, this was funded by the Scottish Government and so there was money available to pay expenses in full for all attendees.

Thanks for taking the time to contact us about this and I am sorry that you will not be able to attend the summit on this occasion."]

Email received 14 August 2014 from Carers UK with this announcement:

So I started to work out the cost of my travel and one night's accommodation in a cheap hotel, the night before the event at Canary Wharf which would involve driving from NE Fife to Edinburgh airport, a flight to Stansted, Luton or Gatwick, a train into London then travel out to the venue.  A conservative estimate was around £250.

Which means I would be out of pocket by at least £150 for the privilege of attending the Carers UK AGM and Summit.  I can't afford this expense as an unpaid carer on an allowance of £61/week.  

I Emailed Carers UK on 21 August 2014, saying:

"I am writing to let you know that unfortunately I won't be able to attend the Carers UK AGM and Summit on 13 November 2014 as the bursary of £100 is not enough to cover my travel and accommodation expenses."

I've had no response as yet.

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