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SOLOMUMMY
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Legally he has the right to make claim against the maintenance for travel costs ieo £10 per trip. His costs for a 400 mile trip ways outweigh the £25 he gets. That’s not even half of the true cost!

You’ve objected.  And failed. I’d say nows the rime for reason. Even if he only travelled twice a month, this cost wouldn’t be covered by the £100 in the average car. Bear in mind he could state he uses public transport and this would probably increase the costs significantly.

Morally should he claim? That’s another debate.  And imo better than him not having contact.

You state your child is severely disabled.  How old is he?  I’m going to play devil’s advocate here and say if he’s school age, surely one of the most obvious things for you to do would not rely solely on site benefits and work,as you’d receive a lot in income before you’d lose universal credit. And it’s possible to work in school hours. And as you’re a carer you’d have no minimum hours needed, so even working as a dinner lady would probably see you as better off financially.  Then you’d have more control and no hardship.  I personally don’t think not working for any lone parent is sustainable.

If you wish to appeal,  see this page https://www.gov.uk/manage-child-maintenance-case/complaints-and-appeals