DWP Trying to Hide Crisis Loan Replacement

Old post (from 2013) and still a top Google hit when searching under ‘Short-Term Benefit Advances’

the void

make-rich-payThe DWP are attempting to hush up the existence of the scant support available for those left without any money at all due to delays in processing benefit claims.

From April 1st the discretionary parts of the Social Fund will start to be closed down.  This was a pot of money which provided repayable ‘crisis’ and ‘budgeting’ loans to those facing emergencies or awaiting benefit decisions.   The fund was also used to provide small ‘community care’ grants – usually to people moving into independent housing for the first time, such as a young person leaving care.  These were only available to buy the very basics such as a bed or oven, with prices set at the lowest cost possible for each item.

According to the legislation, some form of crisis and budgeting loan system will still be managed by the DWP.  Much of the support however is being devolved…

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