Benefits

There are a number of departments within the DWP that can help you with financial support and benefits.

Department for Work & Pensions

Budgeting Advances/Loans: Budgeting advances will replace social fund budgeting loans for eligible Universal Credit claimants from April 2013.   Budgeting loans will continue to be available to all those claiming legacy benefits until all such claims have either been closed or migrated to Universal Credit.

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 Download form SF500 from gov.uk

Department of Work & Pensions

Short term benefit advances: Provides an advance of claimants future benefit award. Any payment of short term advance will be recoverable from future benefit payments.

Referral info: none

 Contact Centre

 0845 6888590

Department of Work & Pensions

Cold weather payments: Need based, can meet emergency food needs, smaller household items such as pots / pans bedding etc.  Support worker will secure funding and go with individual to make the purchase.

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Visit Guidance Webpage – Paid automatically. No requirement to claim.

Department of Work & Pensions

Funeral payment: Help for a person responsible for arranging a funeral to meet the cost where they are on a low income. Where the deceased left an estate any award of Funeral Payment will be recoverable from that estate.

Referral info: none

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 Download form SF200 from gov.uk and send to local jobcentre.

Department of Work & Pensions

Maternity grant: One off payment of £500 to claimant or partner who are expecting a child who are in receipt of qualifying benefit and where there are no other children in the family under the age of 16. The grant can be applied for within 11 weeks of expected birth date or up to 3 months after the birth.

Referral info: Needs to be signed off by midwife or health visitor

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Visit Guidance Website

Department of Work & Pensions

Winter fuel payments: Help for older people to keep warm during the winter months. A payment of up to £300 is automatically paid to pension age claimants in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

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 Download form from gov.uk and send to Winter Fuel Payt Team, Dept for Work & Pensions, PO Box 10142, Annesley, Nottingham, NG15 5WY