Help with the costs of moving and other financial support FS20

A brief guide to the main sources of help, including benefits, loans, grants and the Social Fund.

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The Social Fund

This explains that the Social Fund is for people on low incomes, and can give grants or loans to help obtain important essential things, like heating costs, funerals, household items, clothing & footware, urgent safety costs.

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British Red Cross website short term support for independent living

Information about the short term support that the British Red Cross can help with, I.e. care in the home, medical equipment loans, transport & escort assistance, therapeutic massage, and skin camouflage treatment.

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Sources of Funding Obtaining Equipment for Disabled Older People

Information about the funding & equipment sources for older & disabled people. It covers benefits, statutory equipment provision & grants, funding from charities & grant giving trusts; specific sources of funding, and short term equipment hire/loans.

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The Social Fund Advances of Benefit and Local Welfare Provision Factsheet 49

The Social Fund is a scheme to help people with expenses that are difficult to meet from a low income. It covers Funeral Payments, Cold Weather Payments, Winter Fuel Payments and Sure Start Maternity Grants. Advances of Benefit are a form of payment on account of benefit that replaced the discretionary Social Fund from April […]

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Credit Unions

This information sheet explains what Credit Unions are, how they operate, and the legislation governing them.

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Extra help with essential costs if youre on a low income

If you’re on a low income and have to meet the cost of unplanned expenses, you may be eligible for a payment from the Social Fund or your local council to help. This factsheet explains what you may be eligible for, how payments are made and how to complain if you feel you’re turned down […]

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