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Can I ask for intros expenses for an in-house match?

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Bananaketchup Mon 26-Aug-13 22:14:16

Hi all, am hurtling towards what will likely be very full-on intros (are there any other kind?).

The match is inhouse, but I live in the next county from the LA, and the FC is a private placement in another borough on the farthest border of the LA from me. Intros will involve a lot of driving, 1 1/2 hours each way each day,(and twice on one day), although the LA are paying for me to stay in a hotel 2 nights when I do the putting to bed/getting up days.

I am wondering about asking for petrol costs for the intros, but am worried if this is not the done thing in an inhouse match? As no one mentioned it in the planning meeting when the hotel was suggested, and I didn't think of it at the time. I know it was my choice to go with an LA which I don't live in, and it's unfortunate that the FC isn't in the LA either and is the far side from me - I live 1 hour from the LA's offices, and FC is just over 1/2 an hour in the other direction from there. Anyone know if claiming petrol costs is the done thing for inhouse, or not? My SW is on holiday, and I don't want to ask the SW manager in her absence if it's a faux pas!

cedar12 Tue 27-Aug-13 07:54:09

We got all our petrol money back about a month after intros. We just kept a note of his much we were doing.

cedar12 Tue 27-Aug-13 07:55:04

Good luck with the intros

Lilka Tue 27-Aug-13 14:26:29

I didn't get expenses for intros, but my children weren't far from me, even though it wasn't an 'in house' match and they were with different councils

Since all the major budget cuts many/most councils have cut down on the amount of expenses they are willing to pay, including things like petrol, moving in allowances and adoption allowance amounts, so they may have stopped things like petrol unless there's a very large distance involved

But the worst that can happen is they say no, at best you get some help so it's worth asking for. Be a shame to miss out for want of asking, especially since they have already shown they are willing to pay for you to stay in a hotel

flossymuldoon Tue 27-Aug-13 14:34:18

We adopted with in our LA. We had a 45 minute drive each way (as we were as far away as we could be but still be within our LA) and we could claim our mileage. That was 2 years ago.

I asked as I figured if you don't ask you don't get!

Bananaketchup Tue 27-Aug-13 21:27:52

okay I guess I'll ask and see what they say! Thanks all.

Happiestinwellybobs Thu 29-Aug-13 10:58:58

We couldn't claim and were doing about 70 miles a day. That was 18 months ago. In fact it was made clear that we couldn't claim for anything I.e. moving in costs etc.

Bananaketchup Thu 29-Aug-13 22:05:49

I emailed but no reply - think every SW in the place is on holiday! Seems like I'm doing pretty well in terms of financial help compared to others' experiences though- £500 settling in grant and I've been assessed as eligible for the maximum adoption allowance they offer - I'll be getting adoption pay from work so didn't expect to get anything. Thanks for replies.

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