Footwear for work placement

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My cousin is going to do a work placement with the job centre at a charity. He has been told by the charity that he needs some steel to cap boots.

He tried calling the job centre his advisor specifically to find out if they could help him with the cost of it. The advisor hadn't answered for least the two hours my cousin had tried.

He went down to the job centre to find out if he could get help towards it but was told he can't see advisor without appointment and they they would call him to arrange appointment to see them. Anyways he went back to find out they can't provide him with Help to get the boots. They said the charity needs to provide them.

He has bought them himself now with the help of his family but can he claim back the money from the job centre or not.
Mortgage free wannabe 

Actual mortgage stating amount £75,150

Overpayment start date 1/3/23.

Starting balance £66,565.45

Current balance £63,787.16

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  • nannytone_2
    nannytone_2 Posts: 12,951 Forumite
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    not if he bought them without their authorisation.
    he could try reclaiming it from the charity, but would have to give them the boots when the placement finishes
  • Sncjw
    Sncjw Posts: 3,511 Forumite
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    He bought them because he needed them to start the placement which starts tomorrow.

    Bought them without their authorisation? If he hadn't bought them he would likely be sent home from placement thus be sanctioned can't win
    Mortgage free wannabe 

    Actual mortgage stating amount £75,150

    Overpayment start date 1/3/23.

    Starting balance £66,565.45

    Current balance £63,787.16

  • Sncjw
    Sncjw Posts: 3,511 Forumite
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    He had to buy them wth his family help despite them being on low income themselves
    Mortgage free wannabe 

    Actual mortgage stating amount £75,150

    Overpayment start date 1/3/23.

    Starting balance £66,565.45

    Current balance £63,787.16

  • nannytone_2
    nannytone_2 Posts: 12,951 Forumite
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    he had the option to ask the charity to provide them or to take a budgeting loan.

    he can't buy things BEFORE getting DWP permission and expect them to reimburse him
  • sheramber
    sheramber Posts: 19,332 Forumite
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    The charity should provide any special clothing required

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/426344/community-work-placement-faqs.pdf

    Will I earn a wage for doing a CWP?

    You will continue to receive your JSA or UC benefit whilst on CWP
    .
    You should never be financially worse off because you attend a placement.
    Therefore, providers will :•
    meet your travel costs for attending the placement and meetings with the provider
    and help with childcare costs if this is required to attend the placement;

    assess and meet, where appropriate, other costs yoummay need help with to
    participate fully in the placement (e.g for appropriate clothing or specialist
    equipment)
  • nannytone_2
    nannytone_2 Posts: 12,951 Forumite
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    have the charity told him that he has to provide his own boots?
  • Sncjw
    Sncjw Posts: 3,511 Forumite
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    Yes they have that's why he asked the job centre. I have since found out his advisor wasn't in so didn't see his actual advisor just someone else
    Mortgage free wannabe 

    Actual mortgage stating amount £75,150

    Overpayment start date 1/3/23.

    Starting balance £66,565.45

    Current balance £63,787.16

  • Adereterial
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    As it was safety equipment he needed, the Jobcentre was right to say it was the responsibility of the place he was going to work. The fund advisors have access to can't be used for personal protective equipment as it can't be used to fund items which are the employers responsibility, which PPE is. Nor can it be used retrospectively, to reimburse for things bought without agreement.

    He should have approached the charity. The Jobcentre will not reimburse him. The charity night, if he asks.
  • midnight_express
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    Please name and shame the charity.
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