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Re: [IPk] Funding of pumps and consumables

I wonder too in these cost and job cutting times how many employers would 
put up the #300 anyway?

>From: Diana Maynard <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] Funding of pumps and consumables
>Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 07:46:28 +0000
> > I have heard stories that if you apply at your local job centre stating
> > that you are in danger of loosing your job due to the instability of 
> > day to day diabetic control (and if this statement is supported by a 
> > from your health care professionals) and that if your company are 
> > to support you to the tune of #300.00 (assuming you are in employment),
> > that there is a fund called "Access to Work", this fund so I've been 
> > may be able to pay for all but the #300.00 your employer has to fund.
> > Unfortunately I was not aware of this help (assuming that the above is
> > correct) at the time of purchasing my pump.
>Strangely enough I was at a Disability Discrimination conference last week
>where the subject of Access to Work came up a lot. I got help from them to
>buy equipment for work because I'm registered blind.
>They do deal with people with DM quite a lot - but mainly for things to do
>with e.g. driving for work, and people who have to take a lot of time off 
>ill health. To qualify for Access to Work you pretty much need to be
>considered disabled under the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) - which
>menas you must have
>- a substantial physical or mental impairment (debatable for DM in
>- it must be long-term (fine for DM)
>- and it must severely affect your ability to carry out normal day-to-day
>activities (debatable for DM in general....)
>Then, to qualify for funding from Access to Work, the equipment you are
>requesting must be specifically for your work. So pumps and pump funding
>can't really be considered in that category, unless there's a very specific
>reason why you need a pump for work.
>So I guess there may be one or two cases where people might be able to get
>help, but in general it's very unlikely.
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