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As part of a review of the Social Fund, the Government has abolished Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans. Responsibility for developing a discretionary local scheme has been passed to local authorities.
Applications for assistance for Furniture and White Goods should be made via the on-line application form. Please select Help in a Crisis if you are seeking support following a disaster or require assistance, where there is a serious risk to your health and safety.
Details of the Scheme, including further information on the application process and qualification criteria, can be found under Related Documents.
The Council will not be providing crisis loans or cash payments, including where you have lost or spent your money. It will, however, signpost you to other support and welfare services if you are in financial need and there is a serious risk to your health and safety.
1) Please check whether you are entitled to support provided by the Department for Work and Pensions / Jobcentre Plus:
2) If you are seeking support following a disaster and are homeless you should contact Housing Options.
3) If you have a designated social worker / support worker then please contact them if there is a serious risk to your health and safety. You can contact the Customer Services (Social Care Team) if you require further assistance in contacting your social worker.
4) In all other situations it is unlikely that you will be provided with support. If however you consider there is a serious risk to your health and safety, then please complete the Discretionary Welfare Scheme application form.
If you have problems budgeting, debt or managing your finances then you can contact the Citizens Advice Bureau, who can arrange an appointment with you to look at your financial circumstances.
The Citizens Advice Bureau can be contacted, as follows:
The Citizens Advice Bureau will NOT be providing crisis loans or cash payments.