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Disabled Railcard £20 many people eligible but largely unknown deal
Disabled Railcard £20 many people eligible but largely unknown deal

Disabled Railcard £20 many people eligible but largely unknown deal

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I tried to get my mum a Senior Railcard when the glitch was working, giving £10 off the £30 annual Railcard's but I was just too late.

But I did some searching and found that there is a Disabled Railcard, and it is very rarely advertised whereas all the other railcards are (friends and family, senior, student etc). I was amazed that the criteria to apply for one is quite wide. My mum has hearing aids and that was enough. I just had to scan the front of her hearing aid battery replacement book to complete her application.

Now here are the very best bits:

1, This card only costs £20 where the others cost £30 per year

2, The card gives 1/3rd off train tickets for the holder, BUT if the railcard holder travels with someone then that person also gets 1/3rd off too

3, Unlike all the other schemes, this card allows you to travel during peak times, not restricted to off peak only.

I hope this helps others, and I just wish I had known about it sooner.

£54 for three years.

- supermann

the criteria aren't as wide as perhaps implied:

* In receipt of Disability Living Allowance Mobility component

* In receipt of Disability Living Allowance Care component - medium or highest only

* In receipt of Personal Independence Payments

* In receipt of Attendance Allowance

* In receipt of Severe Disablement Allowance

* In receipt of War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement

* In receipt of War or Service Disablement Pension for 80% or more disabiltiy

* Have a Motability vehicle

* Have epilepsy, and are prohibited by the DVLA from driving, or have an exemption certificate for epilepsy medication

* Are registered deaf

* Have an NHS or private hearing aid prescription (note a private hearing aid costs around £1500+, so the idiots implying there is a scam/sponging here should get lost)

or a registered visual impairment/blindness

- dudedude

ADDITIONALLY: You can link the disabled railcard card to an Oyster card to receive a 1/3rd off of tube when using the Oyster card.

- to clarify the above comment re Oyster: the railcard doesn't directly give a discount off bus fares, but it does discount the daily caps which bus as well as train and DLR count towards. Emirates doesn't count towards the caps and isn't discounted by the railcard.

One adult travelling with the disabled railcard holder can buy a paper Travelcard, Zones 1-6 or greater, at a 1/3 discount.
- faddy54

Top comments

You know, all these railcards are subsidised by massive government investments. And guess who funds those subsidies? I'm all for getting a bargain. And I'm all for appropriate benefits for those that 'need' it. But I see so many people abusing the good nature of our benefit culture just to save a few quid, and its the hard working, honest tax payers that ultimately foot the bill.
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Thankyou. I didn't know about this at all.

great bit of investigating..heat

You know, all these railcards are subsidised by massive government investments. And guess who funds those subsidies? I'm all for getting a bargain. And I'm all for appropriate benefits for those that 'need' it. But I see so many people abusing the good nature of our benefit culture just to save a few quid, and its the hard working, honest tax payers that ultimately foot the bill.

Good call. I hope this gets lots of heat and not just from the blaggers.

Thanks for the very useful post

Heat from me, not something I knew about.

quidstretchy

The Donald has spoken, albeit, and unusually, in somewhat more than 140 … The Donald has spoken, albeit, and unusually, in somewhat more than 140 characters.



​LoL. Why? Because I have a conscience that doesn't feel comfortable claiming benefits that I'm not really in need of? I don't object to having the benefit available. I object to the abuse of the benefit by people that really don't need it.

peeej1978

You know, all these railcards are subsidised by massive government … You know, all these railcards are subsidised by massive government investments. And guess who funds those subsidies? I'm all for getting a bargain. And I'm all for appropriate benefits for those that 'need' it. But I see so many people abusing the good nature of our benefit culture just to save a few quid, and its the hard working, honest tax payers that ultimately foot the bill.


You're in the wrong forum Donald, go apply some more carrot-purée face cream.

edit: a bit of version-overlap.
Edited by: "quidstretchy" 7th Jan

peeej1978

You know, all these railcards are subsidised by massive government … You know, all these railcards are subsidised by massive government investments. And guess who funds those subsidies? I'm all for getting a bargain. And I'm all for appropriate benefits for those that 'need' it. But I see so many people abusing the good nature of our benefit culture just to save a few quid, and its the hard working, honest tax payers that ultimately foot the bill.


You could probably get one for your gout.

It's worth noting that you can get one for £10 worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers:

secure.tesco.com/clu…prd

Gosh... my husband qualifies for this!

(Shame it's still cheaper to use our car when travelling out of town!)

peeej1978

​LoL. Why? Because I have a conscience that doesn't feel comfortable c … ​LoL. Why? Because I have a conscience that doesn't feel comfortable claiming benefits that I'm not really in need of? I don't object to having the benefit available. I object to the abuse of the benefit by people that really don't need it.


I do not understand this argument one bit? Someone posts a deal for something they are perfectly entitled to and for some reason gets a comment about benefit fraud essentially?!
Please make sure you NEVER pay your window cleaner cash again!

Stompa

It's worth noting that you can get one for £10 worth of Tesco Clubcard … It's worth noting that you can get one for £10 worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers:https://secure.tesco.com/clubcard/boost/1-year-disabled-persons-railcard/UK-004443.prd


cool, thanks

gp1602

I do not understand this argument one bit? Someone posts a deal for … I do not understand this argument one bit? Someone posts a deal for something they are perfectly entitled to and for some reason gets a comment about benefit fraud essentially?! Please make sure you NEVER pay your window cleaner cash again!



​No one mentioned fraud. I'm simply saying that just because a benefit is available, doesn't make it morally right to claim it. The tax payer ploughs 4 BILLION pounds per year via subsidies. Tax payers are effectively paying for people who don't NEEX the discount, to claim it. I qualify for the benefit. But I wouldn't claim because it is criminal that we plough so much into the rail companies in the first place. If you pay taxes, you are paying for other people to get cheap fairs when there is no NEED.

I didn't know about this one. my daughter gets free bus travel within North Lanarkshire and free for travel companion also. thank you.

gp1602

I do not understand this argument one bit? Someone posts a deal for … I do not understand this argument one bit? Someone posts a deal for something they are perfectly entitled to and for some reason gets a comment about benefit fraud essentially?! Please make sure you NEVER pay your window cleaner cash again!



​No one mentioned Fraud. 4 BILLION pounds the tax payers ploughs into rail subsidies. Those that NEED the benefit should absolutely get the help they need. The rest of us should stop abusing the benefit culture of this country and in turn stop wasting tax payers money.

Peeej1978 - go and calm down! You implied they are applying for something they are not entitled to and you are incorrect, they are entitled to it. As others have said to you, you're in the wrong place for this argument.

peeej1978

​No one mentioned fraud. I'm simply saying that just because a benefit is … ​No one mentioned fraud. I'm simply saying that just because a benefit is available, doesn't make it morally right to claim it. The tax payer ploughs 4 BILLION pounds per year via subsidies. Tax payers are effectively paying for people who don't NEEX the discount, to claim it. I qualify for the benefit. But I wouldn't claim because it is criminal that we plough so much into the rail companies in the first place. If you pay taxes, you are paying for other people to get cheap fairs when there is no NEED.




I think some people are missing peeej1978's point, I think they mean, some people will abuse this, not that everyone will.

IMHO I'm all for this, as I know a few people who could benefit (genuinely) this deal. Mind I do know more who would abuse this also.

heat added btw

class, hope I qualify through my colour blind disability

gp1602

Peeej1978 - go and calm down! You implied they are applying for something … Peeej1978 - go and calm down! You implied they are applying for something they are not entitled to and you are incorrect, they are entitled to it. As others have said to you, you're in the wrong place for this argument.



​I never said they weren't entitled to it. You need to read properly before responding. Entitlement isn't the same as Need. We the tax payers are paying for people to claim things they simply don't need. Help those that need, not those simply who want a Freebee.

The railcards are not subsidised by the government but are a marketing tool for the rail companies. If you have one you will be encouraged to use the railways more.

It's worth checking with your local council and see if they offer the DRP cheaper. Mine does it for £13 a year. and for the senior £24.

peeej1978

/quote]​No one mentioned fraud. I'm simply saying that just because a b … /quote]​No one mentioned fraud. I'm simply saying that just because a benefit is available, doesn't make it morally right to claim it. If you pay taxes, you are paying for other people to get cheap fairs when there is no NEED.


Absolute tosh - if a benefit is available and you are entitled to it, you're a bit dim if you do not claim it.
Most of those eligible are in work and paying tax for this exact reason - the scroungers are in a minority of those receiving various types of benefit - the vast majority are your cherished 'hard working, honest tax payers' (classic Tory line - now seemingly not in fashion) and that is where the bulk of benefits go.
This is a great post - privatised railways are virtually out of reach for many due to cost and any incentive to get those eligible to use it onto them can only be welcomed.

I agree, however if you meet the criteria then people should apply for it. As a regular user of the railways we pay some of the highest ticket fares in Europe, maybe the government should subsidise the railways more instead of maintaining 0.7% of our GDP in foreign aid to countries like Pakistan, who have a space programme and nuclear weapons!!!

susanivey1

The railcards are not subsidised by the government but are a marketing … The railcards are not subsidised by the government but are a marketing tool for the rail companies. If you have one you will be encouraged to use the railways more.



​The companies that offer the railcards are massively subsidised by the tune of 4 Billion per year. To suggest that the subsidy doesn't impact their ability to offer discounted fairs is simply unrealistic. Without the subsidies, the discounted fairs wouldn't exist. Discounts for those that NEED is all good. But simply because someone wears hearing aids?

Also this railcard qualifies for someone who is travelling with you to receive the same 1/3 discount.

Well done, heat added

Copperface

Absolute tosh - if a benefit is available and you are entitled to it, … Absolute tosh - if a benefit is available and you are entitled to it, you're a bit dim if you do not claim it. Most of those eligible are in work and paying tax for this exact reason - the scroungers are in a minority of those receiving various types of benefit - the vast majority are your cherished 'hard working, honest tax payers' (classic Tory line - now seemingly not in fashion) and that is where the bulk of benefits go.This is a great post - privatised railways are virtually out of reach for many due to cost and any incentive to get those eligible to use it onto them can only be welcomed.



​I don't care one bit for politics. I don't align myself with any particular party, so you're assumptions are wasted. What I do care about is people who need help getting it. And those that dont, shouldn't! I don't believe that the tax payers should be subsidising the rail companies by 4 Billion, and in turn they can then afford reduced fairs for people wearing a hearing aid! As I say, I am Entitled to the benefit too. But for my particular disability, it would be criminal to suggest I NEED a reduced fair.

Would be good if the rail networks spent a bit of the cash upgrading their public address systems as I have normal hearing now and can't hear them clearly. In a few years I'll have noise induced hearing loss given all the noise from old rolling stock on the platforms then I'll claim my 'hearing impaired' railcard.

BTW some bus operators also offer a discount for certain hearing impairments.

Original Poster

NHS hearing aids are only issued where the hearing impairement is significant. My mum is too anxious to travel on the train alone as she cant hear people or announcements. This way she can travel with her granddaughter or a friend. If she has to though, the railcard covers her alone.
Particularly handy for my mum because for local journeys she still drives but she lacks the confidence for longer joirneys to visit family so can use the train.
Edited by: "halecrater" 7th Jan

It's probably not widely known, because most disabled are unable to travel by rail.

Reality

It's probably not widely known, because most disabled are unable to … It's probably not widely known, because most disabled are unable to travel by rail.



​Most disabled? You do realise that the vast majority of disabled people (myself included) aren't actually wheelchair or bed bound dont you?

peeej1978

You know, all these railcards are subsidised by massive government … You know, all these railcards are subsidised by massive government investments. And guess who funds those subsidies? I'm all for getting a bargain. And I'm all for appropriate benefits for those that 'need' it. But I see so many people abusing the good nature of our benefit culture just to save a few quid, and its the hard working, honest tax payers that ultimately foot the bill.


They have set a criteria of who is eligible and they by what OP says are checking these conditions are met.
If someone is elligible they shouldnt be made to feel ashamed to apply.

Subsidies like this, that have been set aside by government should be used to full potential by those elligible.
If money is not spent on something worthwhile like this it will just be used for something else which probably will be a total waste of money.


Edited by: "callum84" 7th Jan

peeej1978

You know, all these railcards are subsidised by massive government … You know, all these railcards are subsidised by massive government investments. And guess who funds those subsidies? I'm all for getting a bargain. And I'm all for appropriate benefits for those that 'need' it. But I see so many people abusing the good nature of our benefit culture just to save a few quid, and its the hard working, honest tax payers that ultimately foot the bill.



You're right the money's much better spent upgrading the nuclear arsenal than helping people who qualify for benefits

Thanks Op.

I have a hearing aid and have used this discount for a few years now. I did try to renew it with the recent £10 off glitch but it didn't apply to this card. Also things to note this discount can be used on all tickets at any time, but can't be used when purchasing a season ticket as (allegedly) they are already heavily discounted (yeah right!). As others have said though pls don't fraudulently obtain one.
Edited by: "anthony69" 7th Jan

callum84

They have set a criteria of who is eligible and they by what OP says are … They have set a criteria of who is eligible and they by what OP says are checking these conditions are met.If someone is elligible they shouldnt be made to feel ashamed to apply.Subsidies like this, that have been set aside by government should be used to full potential by those elligible. If money is not spent on something worthwhile like this it will just be used for something else which probably will be a total waste of money.



​How about making the criteria more appropriate to the actual disability, and then spend the remainder of the money saved reducing railfares for the masses? A lot more people would benefit then - yourself included. I'm technically eligible for the benefit. I just think it's wrong as I, and many many others who are eligible, simply shouldn't be eligible. People are blind to the fact we are all paying for these benefits and it isn't going to those that truly need it.

Well I never! I happen to have a hearing aid, but no more think of it being a disability than needing to wear glasses - that isn't to say other aid users shouldn't be entitled, but given the other qualifying criteria it deems disproportionately broad.

Where does it say about eligibility? Would you have to start the application process or is there a link I'm missing which states what is covered and not? Thanks.

heat given. If you are entitled to this and will make rail journeys, claim it.

shabbird

heat given. If you are entitled to this and will make rail journeys, … heat given. If you are entitled to this and will make rail journeys, claim it.



​Or, if your disability doesn't need it, and you can afford to travel without claiming - then reduce the burden on the tax payer and start living a slightly less self-serving lifestyle?
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