Welfare fund

The Environmental Health Officers Welfare Fund was established many years ago to help members and/or their dependents in their 'twilight years' or at times of acute financial distress.

Members may donate to the fund at any time by cheque, or online when renewing your membership.

The fund is not able to support people's long term needs, such as mortgage or rent, but is designed to step in when short term support or a single payment is needed due to a death, serious illness or catastrophe within the family. We realise that many students struggle to make ends meet, but the fund is not generally available to support students. We do consider each applicant on an individual basis however and will support students if they meet the other criteria.

The fund is administered by a small board and our finance team.

If you wish to enquire about the fund, please use this contact form.

▼ FAQs 

Who can apply for support from the fund?
The fund is for the benefit of our members and/or their dependants.

Do I need to be a full member to benefit from the fund?
No: any member can apply.

Does the member have to apply in person?
Not necessarily and this isn't always possible.

Is there a maximum or minimum amount that can be requested?
There is no maximum or minimum. All cases will be considered individually once the welfare fund board have all the information.

How long does it take to get a decision about any funding?
Once you have forwarded the details of a potential claim to the Board the timescale will depend on what further details are needed. Once we have all the details, the Board will discuss the claim by e-mail and come to a decision which will then be relayed to the claimant. Any support agreed will then be put into place immediately.

Does the fund only provide money?
Most but not all claims are for financial support (see examples below).

Does the money have to be repaid?

Can the Fund lend Money?
The Consumer Credit Act 1974 requires a Credit License before money can be loaned in most cases. Were there sufficient requests for loans, we would then apply for a license but it would not be a cost effective move for the fund at this time.

Who will know about applications for assistance?
The process is completely confidential. Even the Fund Trustees usually only know the claimant by their initials.

▼ Case Studies 

  • The wife of a student member who died just before he qualified, managing to keep her head above water on benefits but their three young children had never had a holiday. The fund paid for the family to go to Butlins for a week (their choice of holiday). It also now pays a small annual bursary to the children just before Christmas.
  • A member who wanted to keep her grey cells active and maintain her CPD whenever possible throughout a long course of chemotherapy. The fund paid for an Open University course.
  • A member with young children who almost lost their house when the spouse died leaving massive debts. The fund could not repay the debts but paid for specialist legal advice which reduced the debt to a more manageable level which precluded the need to lose the family home.
  • A member diagnosed with cancer who wanted to be sure of funds to bridge a gap of a small period of time should they run out of sick pay before they died. The funding was agreed in principle, alleviating that worry. The member made a full recovery.
▼ History 

The Welfare Fund as a charity started life in 1937 when, during a private members' meeting at Conference in Brighton it was decided to set up a Benevolent and Orphan Fund. It was reconstituted by deed in 1952 with an amending scheme in 1977. Its charitable objects were to support members or their dependants in times of need. Grants, loans and the setting up of residential homes were originally within its powers.

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