Social Fund

A Community Care Grant is a non-repayable grant awarded for the purpose of meeting a need for community care. Grants can be awarded to help ease exceptional pressures on families. The grant is only available to people in receipt of Income Support, Income based Job Seekers allowance, Income based Employment & Support Allowance or Pension Credit. A Budgeting Loan can be made to help meet intermittent expenses which the individual may have difficulty meeting. These loans are for people who have been in receipt of Income Support; Income based Job Seekers allowance, Income based Employment & Support Allowance or Pension Credit for at least 26 weeks. A Crisis Loan may be available to anyone, whether or not they are in receipt of benefit and who needs to meet expenses in an emergency or as a consequence of a disaster. Funeral payments exist to help with the essential costs of a respectful funeral which the individual or their partner is responsible for arranging. An individual may receive a Funeral Payment if they are in receipt of Income Support, Income based Job Seekers allowance, Income based Employment & Support Allowance, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit where a disability or severe disability element is included in the award, Child Tax Credit at a rate higher that the family element or Housing Benefit. The payment covers various aspects of the funeral, but is recoverable from any money available from the deceased’s estate.