Elite Supported Employment works to empower people with disabilities across Wales. The team uses the Better Off Calculator with their participants to ensure they are receiving all the benefits they are entitled to. So far this year, the team has increased the income of their younger participants by an average of £3,090 each.
Elite Supported Employment’s good news story of 2021
We compete better off in work calculations for all our participants on all the projects we deliver.
Since having the Better Off Calculator we’ve 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.
For our participants, this amounts to an average annual increase of £3,090 per year which has made a huge difference to their lives.
Susan Price, Employment Advisor, Elite Supported Employment
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Our greatest challenge this year has been supporting participants with health conditions and disabilities to gain employment during the pandemic. We also provide in-work support which has been difficult with the social distancing measures. We have also found helping our 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 Better Off Calculator enables us to complete calculations for our 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 us to explain to participants how they will be better off in work. We can complete a number of scenarios to help our participants to make an informed decision about their future.
We hope to see successes in the number of participants we will help to gain suitable employment. Using the Better Off Calculator as part of our service enables us 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.