Expenses claimable when starting a VTS
When starting a VTS, if you have to move house (i.e. your new job is in a different area), there are certain expenses that you can claim. These are covered briefly here, you can download the full guidance document here or at the bottom of the page. You should contact the Local Health Board (Wales) or Health Authority (England) to approve any large expenses before committing, and make sure you keep all receipts to claim back your money. You may have to satisfy the HA that your house move is necessary.
So what can you claim?
Actual removal expenses. This includes the cost of moving your furniture and effects, and includes the cost of storing furniture during the move if necessary. This includes ordinary household items such as bicycles, computers etc., but not items requiring specialist removal like your grand piano! Removal of domestic pets are included, but not livestock (so you can't relocate your whole farm, sheep intact!). These costs can be upwards of a thousand pounds, and the HA will want three different quotes. You do not have to accept the lowest quote, but you will only be reimbursed this amount (so if you wish to take a more expensive service, you pay the difference).
Legal and estate agent fees
If you purchase a house in the new area, and it is your first permanent unfurnished accommodation there, or if you sell a house immediately prior to the move, you can claim the following fees:
Miscellaneous expenses grant
One single journey from the old residence to the new area is covered, and one further return journey if you have to return to supervise the removal of your effects. You should also be able to claim travel expenses for your interview.
There are many more allowances, and you can download the full guidance here. (from Department of Health website).
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