People with disabilities and older people who need a carer to travel with them should not be prevented from going out because the carer has to pay for their own travel. This happens a lot as care agencies cannot increase their rates to include travel with clients without becoming uncompetitive and losing work. Local authorities will generally not consider travel as an addition to care packages. As a result carers can refuse to use public transport with clients as it can be difficult for them to get the money for travel back from their employer if their employer cannot get it back from the commissioners in the local authorities. This is far too common given all the cuts local authorities have experienced in the last 10 years, local authorities are having to count and explain every bean they pay.
Places that do offer free companion travel to those who need are: Bristol, Scotland, Kent, Surrey. Isn't it time that London acknowledges the needs of many disabled people and provides this too? The cost is likely going to be small but the benefit to many disabled and older people would be very great.