We are aware of a number of members who believe they have paid too much tax and/or national insurance when carrying out full time training at colleges and universities, when they feel they should not have done, due to the ‘Widening Access Training Scheme’.
This was highlighted in a Unite in Health members e-bulletin of 8 December 2014.
Since then we have had a number of members contact the union to either advise that they have been successful or that they have been unsuccessful. Sometimes members have reported that when their claim has been rejected they have been unsure why this was the case.
In response to members’ feedback, we are now providing updated information on this issue. It is important to note however that this is a complex issue and each individual acts on any information at their own risk and this should not be seen as financial advice.