Financial support for carers attending work related events
Six month pilot scheme
This scheme is currently not on offer as the scheme pilot ended on 10 September 2017.
The College recognises that for those of you with caring responsibilities, attending events such as conferences, work-related training days and similar work-related development opportunities is an important part of developing and maintaining your career. The College also understands that attending such events can cause an additional financial burden if you need to make alternative care arrangements.
To help alleviate some of this burden, College is piloting a scheme which may entitle you to a small grant of up to £250 if you have caring responsibilities. Your manager will be required to assess whether you qualify for this grant, which will be given in order to help meet the costs of care arrangements while you attend events in line with those mentioned above, either in the UK or internationally.
The scheme is being piloted across College from 6 March 2017 to 8 September 2017 . Only applications made during this period will be considered. Provision of this benefit will be reviewed at the end of the pilot and College reserves the right to vary or discontinue the arrangement.
It should be noted that Carers’ grants are provided on a discretionary basis and do not form part of your terms of employment.
If you have any queries please contact Hailey Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What the grant can fund
The grant can be used to fund additional/alternative care arrangements for your dependent* to either stay at home while you travel, or to fund travel and associated care costs allowing the dependant to travel with you.
A dependant is a partner, child or parent, or someone who lives with you as part of your family. This could be, for example, an elderly aunt or grandparent. It does not include tenants or boarders who may be living in your family home.
You may make an application for this grant if the following conditions apply:
- You have caring responsibilities and nobody else at your home can provide the care.
- No alternative source of funding is available, e.g. from the conference/training etc. organiser or by other means, such as from research grant funding. Where relevant it is your responsibility to provide evidence that no alternative source of funding is available.
- The event/conference location is external to Imperial College.
- The grant is to cover costs outside of the routine everyday care costs you normally incur.
What the grant does not cover
- Attending conferences, work-related training days and similar work-related development opportunities training days etc. for which you will receive a ‘Keeping in Touch Days’ (KIT or SPLIT days) payment’ whilst on maternity or shared parental leave.
- Attending any of the above mentioned days at your normal work location or other Imperial College campus
- Providing training to others which is not part of your own development.
Applying for the grant
- Complete a Conference Support for Carers’ Grant – Application Form
- Apply the relevant account code from the list below, or contact your local department.
- Forward the form to your line manager for consideration.
- If approval for the grant is given by your department, you may proceed to claim this amount through Finance’s i-expenses system.
Submitting your expenses claim
- Log into My Expenses to submit your grant claim. Grants can be paid tax free as set out in the HMRC Employment Income manual. You are responsible for ensuring that you meet the regulations set out in the manual in relation to claiming tax free payments).
- You must use the dedicated faculty/departmental charging code, as set out below, when making your claim.
- All receipts need to be sent to the Expenses office once the claim has been submitted on the system. Receipts should be a signed statement including the date(s), hourly rate charged, hours of care provided and should identify the care giver/agency. In exceptional circumstances the grant may be advanced to the member of staff, in which case receipts must be provided to cover expenditure following the conference and any excess funds will be returned to the College.
Faculty Charge Codes
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Please code your expenses claim using the following account code:
- Grantham Institute: CLRA_NS0025 or CLRA_G17004 – please contact Simon Bailey
- Chemistry: CHEM G12124
- Physics: PHYS G52128
- Maths: MATH G00000
- Life Sciences: LAAA G00000
- Centre for Environmental Policy: LFADC G00000
Faculties of Engineering, Medicine and Business School
Please contact your local department for the relevant account code.