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PA/carer using own car?

Bubblegoo Community member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi firstly just wanted to say hello to all of you x.       I am a new PA , caring for a 30 year old woman. ( she gets direct payments) 
Can any one direct me to info on the following? 

1) rules for using my own car for her medical appointments and taking her food shopping etc 

2) do i need different insurance

3) can i get help for running my car ? Petrol etc 

sorry for such a long message x


  • Siwheels73
    Siwheels73 Scope Member Posts: 746 Pioneering
    edited September 2022
    Hi @Bubblegoo (great user name!)  I believe that you need to have Business insurance for the car but I don't know about the other questions, sorry.
  • Bubblegoo
    Bubblegoo Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you so much for replying,   It is all a total minefield this PA/carer thing.  So many questions to ask haha 

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 49,582 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes, you can charge your client for mileage for when you use your car to take them where ever they go. The mileage you use going to and from your place of work can't be claimed for. Up to 10,000 it's usually 45p/mile. Whether this is covered in their direct payments maybe another matter. You will need to check with your client and if they don't know they need to ask their local Authority.
    As siwheels has correctly advised, you must have business insurance, without this if you have an accident while at work you won't be insured.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Bubblegoo
    Bubblegoo Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you for your help
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,979 Disability Gamechanger
    You are welcome @Bubblegoo. It is the very least you deserve. If we can do anything else to help please don't hesitate to let us know. We are all here for you  :)
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