How to apply for a social fund loan

Written by claire mcadams
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If you are a low-income citizen of the United Kingdom and are experiencing financial difficulties, the Social Fund may be able to help. With a variety of tax-free loans and grants, the Social Fund can assist with everyday expenses, travel costs, maternity costs and more. Payments and grants from the Social Fund do not need to be repaid and Social Fund loans are repayable in easy, weekly instalments.

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Instructions

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    Determine if you are eligible for Social Fund assistance. For most grants and loans, applicants must be receiving Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Pension Credit. If you are not receiving one of these, you may be eligible for a Crisis Loan from the Social Fund if you have an emergency or disaster that threatens the health or safety of you or your family.

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    Choose which Social Fund program best meets your needs. The Community Care Grant assists individuals who are returning home after being in care or trying to avoid going into care. The Budgeting Loan helps individuals with everyday needs, such as furniture, clothing and rent. The Funeral Payment may be issued to cover the cost of a funeral. Finally, the Sure Start Maternity Grant assists with the costs associated with a new baby.

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    Download, print and complete the applicable Social Fund form. Go the JobCentre Plus Website at jobcentreplus.gov.uk. Click "Want to make a claim to benefit or report a change?" Select the "A to Z list" hyperlink. From the list displayed, click on "Social Fund." Click the loan or grant that best meets your needs. Click the hyperlink to download application form. Print and complete the form in ink.

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    Mail or take your application to the nearest JobCentre Plus office.

  5. 5

    Receive your decision letter within 1 to 2 weeks. The amount you receive will be indicated in the letter.

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    Sign and return the decision letter. Your loan will be deposited into your bank or building society account.

Tips and warnings

  • To qualify for a Funeral Fund, be sure to make a claim within three months of the funeral date.
  • If you are unhappy with the results of your application, you may request an explanation or a review of your case by sending a signed letter within 28 days of receipt of your decision letter.

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