Information for Applicants

We are aware that there have been a very high number of calls to Customer Services to complete the Household Income Assessment as part of the new Short Breaks Grant eligibility criteria.  We are sorry that this has caused some families difficulties in getting through on the telephone line.

Customer Services are putting measures in place to help, and for most families the Household Income Assessment is a fairly quick process.

It is important to still call Customer Services to undertake the Household Income Assessment before getting in touch with the Short Breaks Grant service as the service are not able to undertake the Income Assessment and cannot progress your grant application until the Income Assessment is completed.

Short Breaks Grant

We are accepting applications for the Short Breaks Grant from 23 October 2018 to 31 January 2019.

Eligibility

You can apply if:

  • your child has a disability
  • your child is under 18 years of age at the time of application and when you are going to use the grant
  • you are in receipt of means-tested benefits or your family household income is less than £21000 a year
  • you do not receive any other short break service funded by us eg a Direct Payment, overnight respite or daytime short breaks accessed via SNIPs including:
    • mainstream leisure clubs such as guides, scounts, sports club (tennis, football, swimming, karate etc) where children without additional needs or disabilities also attend
    • short break clubs for disabled children only
    • 1:1 befriending
    • open access activities funded by us

However, if you have more than one disabled child, and one child attends a short breaks service, you can still apply for a grant for your other child if they are eligible.

How to apply

If you believe you meet these criteria then your first step is to complete a Household Income Assessment by calling 0114 273 4567 choose option 4 and then option 2. You will be helped through the process.

About the Household Income Assessment

Household income is the total income from all people sharing a household.

The easiest way for us to tell if you are eligible to apply is to look if you are entitled to free school meals. This does not show us your income, but if a family is eligible for free school meals it usually means that they are in receipt of certain benefits.

If you are not eligible for free school meals, we will ask for evidence of other means-tested benefits (listed below):

  • Income-based Free School Meals
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Support
  • Social Fund (Sure Start Maternity Grant, Funeral Payment, Cold Weather Payment)
  • Universal Credit.

If you are not receiving any of the benefits listed, we will ask for evidence of your family income.

The types of income taken into account are:

  • PAYE – including commission, bonuses, overtime
  • Self-employed income (taxable profit for financial year ending between 6 April 2015 and 5 April 2016)
  • Income from property
  • Pension income
  • Other benefits and other income including maintenance payments
  • Interest from bonds, trusts, bank/building society and any investments
  • Dividends

Please note that Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) are non-taxable and therefore not counted as income for means-tested benefits.  DLA and PIP does not count as part of your household income in these proposals.

When you receive confirmation that you are eligible to apply for the grant please, download the application form.

SNIPS

The changes to SNIPS clubs will not start until after 1 April 2019

Mainstream or “universal” clubs usually have a number of children attending, not all with disabilities, and are open to the general public.  Targeted or “specialist” clubs are delivered for disabled children only and are not open to the general public.

If you are unsure please ask the club or contact your SNIPS mentor.

Universal clubs

Parents will be asked to pay the basic activity cost to the club. This does not come into effect until April 2019, by which time we will have a list of all the clubs and their costs, which we will be able to let you know. As a council, we will continue to pay for the staff who support your child to attend.

Affordability

If you are in receipt of means-tested benefits or your household income is below £21,000 you will not have to pay for the activity cost. Please complete the Household Income Assessment.

If families receive other financial support, some of these might be able to be used to help with these costs.

If your child attends a club that you find too expensive to pay on an ongoing basis you may be able to find a lower cost alternative.

If your child cannot attend a session

You will still need to pay because the staff are employed for each session to support your child, and so the club still have to pay these costs. 

Ways of paying

You will pay the club directly.

Specialist clubs

For each session that is allocated as part of your package of support, the cost to families will be £7. So, if your child should attend every Saturday, you will pay £7 for every Saturday.

If you more than one child attending a specialist club your session payment will be a maximum of £10.

Affordability

If you are in receipt of means-tested benefits or your household income is below £21,000 you will not have to pay for the activity cost. Please complete the Household Income Assessment.

If your child cannot attend a session

You will still need to pay because the staff are employed for each session to support your child, and so the club still have to pay these costs. 

Ways of paying

You will pay the club directly.

Contacting SNIPs

If you have any queries about the application process for SNIPs, please contact us on SNIPSBusinessSupport@sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 273 5368.

Consultation

The consultation findings are available on request.

Short Breaks Grant