Who is eligible to apply to TNIBF?
You are eligible to apply to TNIBF if you have ever been employed in the UK Nuclear Industry, normally as a direct employee or Agency Supplied Worker.
Anyone who has worked in a different capacity and believes that they may be eligible is welcome to apply and their eligibility will be considered.
Assistance can also include help for dependent family members.
Don’t worry if you are unsure of your eligibility, we can quickly establish this for you. In the event that you are not eligible, we would always try to signpost you to other charities/organisations that may be able to help.
Do I have to be a Contributor to the Fund to apply for assistance?
You do not have to contribute or have ever contributed to the Fund to apply for assistance.
How do I apply?
You can contact us in one of the following ways, whichever you prefer:
Confidential Helpline: 0800 587 6040
General Enquiries: 01925 633005
Via The ‘Contact Us’ button
Or by writing to us at:
TNIBF, Unit CU1, Warrington Business Park, Long Lane, Warrington, WA2 8TX
What are the types of assistance that can be offered?
TNIBF provides support covering a wide range of situations including disability adaptations, essential home repairs, mobility equipment, household appliances and other one off grants tailored to the individuals needs.
There are no limits on the amount of assistance awarded. Each application is considered on a case by case basis dependant on the individual circumstances.
For further information on specific examples of assistance awarded, please refer to the Case Studies on the Website.
If I am eligible to apply, what are the next steps?
In the first instance we will take some basic details from you. We will then try to arrange for a Fund Volunteer to visit you at a mutually convenient time. If we do not have anyone available in your area we will post out an application form to you.
In order to prepare your case we would need income and expenditure details for everyone in the household.
Once we have all the required information, your case would be presented to a small number of Trustees at the Fund’s Cases Committee meeting. These are held 5 times a year. A decision would be communicated to you shortly after.
In the event that your situation required urgent attention, your application would be considered outside of the Cases Committee meeting.
Why do I have to provide details of all my income and expenditure?
As the purpose of the Charity is to relieve and prevent financial hardship and distress, any assistance we provide is means tested accordingly. In order to determine what level of assistance is necessary, we require details of income and expenditure for the entire household.
We ensure that we treat all applicants fairly and consistently.
Information is only shared with Fund employees (3 part time staff) and a small number of Trustees present at the Cases Committee meeting.
Will my employer find out that I have applied?
No. The Fund is an Independent Registered Charity and has no connection with any Nuclear Companies. All enquiries/applications are treated with sensitivity and in the strictest of confidence.
Occasionally we have applicants that contact us via a third party (Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK, Union Representative at work etc). We would always ensure that the applicant is happy for that third party to be involved and that they give their express permission where information may be shared.
I’m in debt, Can you help?
We understand the huge impact that living with debt can have on someone. It can affect your work, relationships and health. It is critical that an individual experiencing debt seeks the appropriate specialist advice.
The Fund does not have the facility in house to offer debt advice so if someone comes to us with debt, as part of the application process we would encourage them to seek advice from a reputable Money Advice Service such as Payplan, National Debtline and StepChange Debt Charity. All these organisations offer no obligation advice and debt solutions completely free of charge.
The Fund may help in the meantime with short term financial assistance whilst the debt issue is being addressed and appropriate debt solutions are being set up.
I have a small amount of savings which I have set aside for my funeral, is it worth me still applying?
Dependant on the circumstances, the Fund would ordinarily take into account any savings that have been set aside for this purpose.
Is there anything specifically that the Fund does not help with?
Although the Fund would always consider circumstances on a case by case basis, it is not within the Funds remit to award assistance towards private medical, legal and business related expenses. Additionally the Fund cannot help with debts to family members or friends.
Is there a limit to the number of times I can apply to the Fund?
No there is no limit. We often receive enquiries/applications from people who have had assistance historically, their circumstances have changed and they have returned for help.
Where does the Fund receive its funding from?
The Fund was established in 1957 and at that time received direct financial support from the originating nuclear organisations whose employees it was set up to help along with donations from employees via payroll giving.
Since the Fund became an independent charity it relies on a small number of one off donations from the general public and continues to receive a small amount of income via payroll giving from nuclear employees. The Funds main source of income is generated from investments.