August 5th, 2020
The Conference and Training Care Fund has been expanded by the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
This Athena Swan initiative was set up in 2016 to support personal training and career development for those with caring responsibilities for children, elderly relatives and other dependents. It enables staff to claim back additional costs incurred for the care of dependents as a result of attending work-related training and development events.
The fund previously enabled employees to claim for care expenses incurred for the care of dependents by a registered care provider whilst they attend development events.
In response to the uptake of the scheme over the last two years, the fund has now been further expanded by the University’s EDI Committee to include support for employees looking to claim for the travel and/or accommodation of their dependent and, if appropriate, a secondary carer, to accompany them to work-related training and development events. For example, an employee could claim the cost of a train ticket for their child to accompany them to a development event if they are unable to arrange alternative childcare. Employees may be liable to pay tax on travel and accommodation expenses.
More information on tax, updated guidance, associated flowchart and authorisation form is available on the Conference and Training Care Fund web page.
For further queries about the Conference and Training Care Fund please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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