Citizens Advice Caerphilly
Benefit and Budgeting Calculator
Elite Supported Employment works to empower people with disabilities across Wales. Their greatest challenge this year has been supporting participants with health conditions and disabilities to gain employment during the pandemic. They also provide in-work support which has been difficult with the social distancing measures. They have also found helping their participants to understand what benefits they may be eligible for and helping them to make a claim another challenge, given the increased volume of people looking for support.
The Benefit and Budgeting Calculator was a no-brainer for Elite Supported Employment. The software enables the team to complete calculations for their participants. The ability to compare scenarios and demonstrate how much better off someone could be in work is a huge asset.
The printable graph has enabled the team to explain to participants how they will be better off in work. They can complete a number of scenarios to help their participants to make an informed decision about their future.
Since having the Benefit and Budgeting Calculator Elite Supported Employment has helped 10 young people across our Internship Projects to make a claim for Universal Credit whilst in full time education, due to the fact they have been in receipt of enhanced PIP. This amounts to an average annual increase of £3,090 per year which has made a huge difference to their lives.
The team hope to see successes in the number of participants they will be able help to gain suitable employment in the coming months. Using the Benefit and Budgeting Calculator as part of their service enables them to help them gain suitable employment, and this is going to form an important part of the next few months.
Staff at Elite Supported Employment find the Policy in Practice Calculator an excellent tool to provide information to our participants. The calculator is easy to use and the expert calculator breakdown tool makes the results easy to understand. Being able to print off the graph also gives our participants a visual document to refer to. It’s also great to be able to save a case, we can easily find a calculation and make any adjustments if needed, saving the time of completing a new calculation.
Susan Price, Employment Advisor, Elite Supported Employment