The Social Fund is a limited pot of money managed by government, which is used for community care grants, crisis loans, funeral grants and cold weather payments. The money is given to people on a low budget to help them pay for emergencies such as funeral costs, costs for a new baby or one off payments for items like washing machines or furniture
From April 2013 the government is planning to stop parts of the Social Fund and local authorities will be asked to provide their own schemes to help people.
The main changes to the current Social Fund system are:
How do I apply for help
To make a claim for the Social Fund contact:
For more information visit the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) website: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/specialist-guides/technical-guidance/sb16-a-guide-to-the-social/introduction/