THE UMBRELLA Group of agencies that disburses grants from the Claims Conference to the UK has raised the asset cap to £328,000 for eligibility for its Homecare programme for victims of Nazi oppression.
Explained Michael Newman, chief executive of the Association of Jewish Refugees: “The previous decision to set the asset limit at £50,000 was made to ensure funds would flow to those deemed to have the greatest needs.
“With the huge expansion of the Homecare programme in recent years, however, we now find ourselves with the challenge to identify more clients who could benefit. Those whose assets do not exceed £328,000 [disregarding their home and car] and whose income is less than £16,000 [disregarding any pensions] could now be eligible.”
As well as the AJR, the Umbrella Group comprises Agudas Israel Community Services, Bikur Cholim, North London Bikur Cholim and Jewish Care (Shalvata).