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Does anyone else have to nag for transport??

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Fio2 · 24/08/2004 14:01

or is it just me?

She starts a week on friday and they just keep saying 'we are waiting for tenders' Angry surel;y it should be sorted by now......or am I just being too impatient?

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lou33 · 24/08/2004 14:02

I would be impatient as well. I've been waiting since MARCH for ss to pay a visit about a disabled grant ffs!

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Fio2 · 24/08/2004 14:07

louSad thats just awful. I tried to get a grant for the central heating on this damn house and because have 4 storage heaters we cant get a grant. The house is on four floors ffs! I got my free liught bulbs though Wink

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maddiemo · 25/08/2004 10:07

Fio2 Ours is always left to the last minute. The council argues for best value regardless of the stress parents have waiting.
The first year ds3 had transport the bus driver was given the route that morning. It took him three and a half hours to get six children to school. The past two years we have had the same escort and driver and they have been brilliant.
This year I am able to self transport. At the moment I am looking forward to it, but may cahnge my mind when sitting in a traffic jam for 40 mins in the morning.

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Fio2 · 25/08/2004 10:13

maddiemo you are under KENT CC too arent you?

I had to tell my taxi driver (and act as escort!) how to get to the early intervention centre. Given the fact I had never been to the city in question or the place itself in my life! It amazes me. Why dont they put several children in the same taxi either? I dont understand them.

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maddiemo · 25/08/2004 10:56

No Fio2 I come under Bromley LEA. They normally do fill up taxis here but I think the children are only allowed to be on the bus for a max of two hours per day. One of the reasons I am glad to be transporting ds3 is that his journey home was always around 1hr 10 mins and will now just be 10 mins
Hope yours is sorted soon.
Dim question, are you still in Kent, I thought you had moved?

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Fio2 · 25/08/2004 11:03

yes I am in Kent but we are having to move (well unless my husband gets a job closer to here, which seems unlikely as his work is so specialised) . We moved here from Stafford! i am starting to think i would be better living in a caravan rather than a house Wink

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Davros · 26/08/2004 16:54

We've had ups and downs with transport but its mostly been good and sometimes wonderful. A word of advice.... as usual! If at all possible I think the best is a combination of letting them go on the bus/taxi and collecting them yourself. Taking them in every morning has few benefits, you drop them and don't get much chance to interact with the staff or find out what's been happening. BUT going to collect at the end of the day gives great benefits in those areas. I collect DS 3 times a week, he goes on the bus every morning and comes home on the bus twice a week and going in at the end of the day a few times a week is really worth it. You get to talk to the staff, build up a relationship with other staff you bump into, maybe the secretary etc and they know who you are. BUT I really think letting them go on the bus or use a taxi is a good idea as its good for their independence, I don't mean doing things unsupervised but doing something with someone OTHER than their parents.

I also like to take DS in on the first day of term and collect him.

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Fio2 · 26/08/2004 19:35

good advice davros, but I dont drive and the school is 8 miles away (maybe more!) plus getting on and off a bus with both of them is just impossible.


Maybe you are pushing me into driving again and getting a car.................oh i wish i could afford one Grin

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Davros · 26/08/2004 19:45

Oh no Fio, I mean the bus provided by the LEA transport dept, not the public bus!! Yes, actualy I do think you should get yourself driving again, especially as I know you're not near here so I won't be in danger

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Davros · 26/08/2004 19:46

P.S. What about Motability?

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Fio2 · 27/08/2004 15:02

Davros, she will get a taxi or school bus to school, sorry if I confused you :) Just if I have to take her it will be impossible. As far as the motability car is concerned, because she doesnt have a definate diagnosis they dont award me DLA for long enough. Another reason why I need to push for diagnosis :(

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Fio2 · 27/08/2004 15:02

oh I wish the old smilies were working ! :( :) ;)

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Davros · 27/08/2004 19:44

Yeah, what's happened to our old way of doing smiles? Both were working for a while and I type it on autopilot :(
Fio, if transport is the way that works best for all of you then its a bloody godsend! I like our combo way of doing it but it just luck that DD is too young to be at school yet so fits round the times I collect him. If she's happy on tranport then its great and most of the drivers and escorts are just wonderful (some are not!). They're usually more flexible than they're supposed to be, e.g. they let my DS eat on the way home (the pig) and I've been with them before or sent our then au-pair as she wanted to go into Town!
I didn't realise you are still without a diagnosis, I'm sure moving hasn't helped but will you try to pursue it now?

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Fio2 · 28/08/2004 14:26

we are trying to pursue it davros, but its a bloody nightmare, honest! I am about to kill anyone 'professional' who comes into contact with me atm Wink

our old transport people , in stafford, were lovely too davros and would often pick me and ds to take us to and from dd's school

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ggglimpopo · 28/08/2004 15:10

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Fio2 · 31/08/2004 11:24

well she starts on Friday and i still havent heard anything

I cant even nag as the phoneline is constantly engaged Angry

it had better be sorted, else I am going to have a nervous breakdown!!!!

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