Local social fund

Changes in social fund benefits from 1 April 2013

The Social Fund provided by the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) was abolished on 1 April 2013.

Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans are no longer available from the DWP.

We now offer similar benefits as part of our local welfare assistance arrangements

Budgeting Advances

Budgeting Loans continue to be available from the DWP until you are moved on to the new Universal Credit system. You will then have access to Budgeting Advances instead of Loans: www.gov.uk/budgeting-loans or contact your local jobcentre plus

Short Term Advances

Crisis Loan alignment payments and other Crisis Loans paid due to issues with benefit have been replaced by a new national scheme of Short Term Advances. This is available from the DWP: contact your local jobcentre plus

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