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where to go, how to find an advocate for a grievance meeting

clareaj Member Posts: 4 Listener
edited October 2020 in Work and employment
Hi, I am attempting to help my brother Martin who was born with mild cerebral palsy and who has been off work with various health problems since January. The health problems are as a result of his job - heavy lifting, and his employer won't make reasonable adjustments to allow him to return to work in another capacity. Martin does not want to leave as he will be unable to receive any benefits if he does. He has worked for the company for 23 years. A solicitor has written to the employer on his behalf but the outcome has not been good. He has suggested we take this further but I know Martin would not be able to cope on his own at any future meeting with his employer without support, someone to speak up for him. I can attend I think, as his carer. Where would we be likely to find help? I imagine it is really difficult in these Covid-19 times.


  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,224 Disability Gamechanger
    CAB might be of help, but as you say difficult as things are atm, is he a member of a union, if so they would help. I'm not sure why you think he won't receive benefits if he has to leave work due to ill health, that probably isn't the case.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 12,270 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @ clareaj - ACAS may be able to help. Please see: https://www.acas.org.uk/
    Depending on where you live, VoiceAbility may be able to also advise on advocacy: https://www.voiceability.org/
    Scope also has some info on Reasonable Adjustments at work. Please see: https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/work-careers/reasonable-adjustments/     Hope this may help.
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,115

    Scope community team

    Hi @clareaj
    I'm sorry to read that Marton is still going through these difficulties with his employer.
    Scope has employment information that might be useful in our Work and Careers advice section.

    As @chiarieds has suggested I would make contact with ACAS and EASS (Equality Advisory and Support Service) 

    Why won't your brother be able to claim financial support?
    Specialist Information Officer and Cerebral Palsy Programme Lead

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  • clareaj
    clareaj Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi Richard,
    Thanks for your help. Today Martin has told me he wants to pull out of the process we have started with the help of a solicitor. His employer refuses to make any reasonable adjustments for Martin so he can return to work, and he tells me he cannot face being in the same room as his employer if it comes to a 'grievance meeting'. I did speak with an adviser from ACAS this morning and I was told there were alternatives to actual meetings. Martin's doctor suggests applying for PIP, which I will look into (when I am back in London) & he has a sick note until December which is helpful as it means he can still claim Universal Credit to cover rent. I don't know of any other financial support he can claim.


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