I have considerable unused underspend and I would like to use it for driving lessons for my PA and taxis for me

One of my ‘outcomes’ is ‘social hours’. Ideally I would like to use it to give my PA driving lessons so that she can take me out to socialise. Do you think that would be acceptable, perhaps even in the context of ‘training’?
In the mean time I would like to use the underspend to take me wherever I want to go for my social hours (within reason) to socialise with friends or go various clubs?
Does anyone else do this? Is this acceptable ?
Any advice would be appreciated

Hi Audrey,

There was a bit of chat on underspent budgets here: How to use underspend - The SDS Forum - SDS Forum (sdsscotland.org.uk)

In general, if you can evidence that the money is being used to meet your unmet needs/outcomes then is should be perfectly acceptable. You could speak to your local independent SDS advice organisation, who may be able to support you to negotiate with the local authority around the underspend: Find Local Information and Support - Self Directed Support Scotland | Self Directed Support Scotland (sdsscotland.org.uk)

Regarding the driving lessons for your PA, I have not heard of this and the local authority might see it as the PA’s responsibility to ‘upskill’ themselves, but you can only ask, right?

It’s possible the PA could access support for training/developing their small business. The PA Network Scotland has just re-launched, so it might be worth your PA looking into what they can offer: PA Network Scotland

Hope this helps

I cannot see why not. I actually got free driving lessons as a part-time cadet in the OTC (Officer training Corps) at University. And now I pay for my staff to get training in useful areas like food hygiene. It seems to me to be just good practice.
Taxis are a bit different, because if you get PiP, this usually will include a mobility element.