What CABA can do

CABA wishes to be as helpful as possible and to support as many colleagues who qualify and are able to prove need.

So that CABA can do this the following basic principles apply:

All applicants for Grants will in future be fully assessed for need, even if only applying for one item. Grant policy is reviewed annually in July. Existing beneficiaries have to apply annually for grant in writing.

All applicants should be a * or ** Agent or Dependant of a * or ** Agent qualifying up to 2009 who worked, or is still working, for the Conservative Party. 

Regular support is based on need, calculated using the Joseph Rowntree Minimum Income Standard Figures, slightly adapted to suit the needs of our beneficiaries, who are professionals and mainly retired. In broad terms we are most likely to be able to help single people with an income of between £15,000 and £17,000, and couples with an income of between £20,00 and £22,000.

Application should be made the Hon Secretary by phone, email or letter in the first instance. You will then be advised if you are likely to qualify for support and advised how best to proceed.

Those who are awarded a monthly grant (Full Beneficiaries) may, entirely at the discretion of the Managing Trustees, be awarded an additional grant of 10% of the basic JRF figure for need. This figure changes annually in July each year. The sum is paid in two equal halves in June and November.

CABA also provides Full Beneficiaries with Newspaper Vouchers. Bills for these vary considerably, can change annually, and amounts vary according to the payment method by individuals. Applicants send one bill, from which the annual payments are calculated.

Special Requests for Additional Grants from Full Beneficiaries

In order to speed up the purchase of items needed quickly the following items and maximum payments apply subject to quotes reported to the next meeting of the Managing Trustees.  

  • Low Vision Aids: would be supported subject to quotes.
  • Mobility Equipment: Stair Lifts, mobility scooters grab rails and similar aids subject to quote and difficulty of installation. The installation of Stair Lifts, outright cost or rental can be met.
  • Mobility scooters, outright costs or rental can be met.
  • Call Alarms: CABA recommends a call alarm but individual choice would be respected. Running costs if applicable are paid. We strongly recommend call alarms for safety reasons

The Committee considers applications for white goods, household repairs and other specific requests on an individual basis from Full Beneficiaries. There is a schedule of appropriate items and the maximum cost that CABA will pay. Decisions on these items can be made very quickly as they can be urgent.

No expenditure should be incurred until CABA has confirmed re-imbursement will be made.

CABA regrets that it cannot pay for or contribute to Nursing Home Fees, nor will it make loans.