New Deal - Work-Based Placement - Travel Expenses

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  1. My friend recently began a 26 week New Deal program during which he
    must attend a work-based placement for four days and an agency (A4E)
    for half day when he does job search.

    His travel expenses to his placement have come to £20 or thereabouts
    and in anticipation of having these expenses reimbursed he kept his
    bus tickets.

    A4E have paid him only £10 saying that he should have bought a weekly
    ticket. He didn't have enough money to buy such a ticket at the
    beginning of the week and in any case, they cost £15. I understand
    that the first £4 of travel expenses are not taken in to account but
    neither he nor I can understand why he's only been paid £10.

    Can his agency insist on their clients buying a weekly ticket or must
    they pay travel expenses no matter what they cost? He used the
    cheapest means of travel as he was instructed. It doesn't seem right
    or fair to me and I advised him to speak to his New Deal advisor at
    the Job Centre.

    Any thoughts?
     
    5th Horseman of the Apocalypse!, Jan 29, 2010
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  2. 5th Horseman of the Apocalypse!

    Niteawk Guest

    "5th Horseman of the Apocalypse!" <> wrote in message
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    My friend recently began a 26 week New Deal program during which he
    must attend a work-based placement for four days and an agency (A4E)
    for half day when he does job search.

    His travel expenses to his placement have come to £20 or thereabouts
    and in anticipation of having these expenses reimbursed he kept his
    bus tickets.

    A4E have paid him only £10 saying that he should have bought a weekly
    ticket. He didn't have enough money to buy such a ticket at the
    beginning of the week and in any case, they cost £15. I understand
    that the first £4 of travel expenses are not taken in to account but
    neither he nor I can understand why he's only been paid £10.

    Can his agency insist on their clients buying a weekly ticket or must
    they pay travel expenses no matter what they cost? He used the
    cheapest means of travel as he was instructed. It doesn't seem right
    or fair to me and I advised him to speak to his New Deal advisor at
    the Job Centre.

    Any thoughts?
     
    Niteawk, Jan 29, 2010
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  3. 5th Horseman of the Apocalypse!

    Niteawk Guest


    > "5th Horseman of the Apocalypse!" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > My friend recently began a 26 week New Deal program during which he
    > must attend a work-based placement for four days and an agency (A4E)
    > for half day when he does job search.
    >
    > His travel expenses to his placement have come to £20 or thereabouts
    > and in anticipation of having these expenses reimbursed he kept his
    > bus tickets.
    >
    > A4E have paid him only £10 saying that he should have bought a weekly
    > ticket. He didn't have enough money to buy such a ticket at the
    > beginning of the week and in any case, they cost £15. I understand
    > that the first £4 of travel expenses are not taken in to account but
    > neither he nor I can understand why he's only been paid £10.


    They should pay the full amount, keeping £4 is their idea of covering admin
    costs, they are not supposed to do that, but no one complains about it. The
    £15 a week is supposed to cover your food costs, thats £3 a day to buy
    lunch. Fares are seperate.

    >
    > Can his agency insist on their clients buying a weekly ticket or must
    > they pay travel expenses no matter what they cost? He used the
    > cheapest means of travel as he was instructed. It doesn't seem right
    > or fair to me and I advised him to speak to his New Deal advisor at
    > the Job Centre.
    >
    > Any thoughts?
    >
    >

    They sent him on placement so they have to pay his fares. If they wont pay,
    he must put a complaint in writing to the manager of A4e, telling them he
    cant afford to go on placements until they sort his fares out. They should
    see sense, then again, knowing that lot, they will want to make a federal
    case out of it.

    Normally I would say smash the place up and tell them to **** off, and
    refuse to go on placements as the cunts wont pay the fares, that would work
    just as well, but I have calmed down a bit since I was last on A4e,
    sanctimonious bastards the lot of them.
     
    Niteawk, Jan 29, 2010
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