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Crisis and Community Care Grants new

The Scottish Welfare Fund delivered by Local Authorities in partnership with the Scottish Government.

From April 2013 there will be important changes to the Social Fund scheme.

Crisis Loans for Living Expenses and Community Care Grants will be replaced with a new scheme called the Scottish Welfare Fund.

This scheme, mainly for people on benefits, will provide two types of grant:

  • Crisis Grants - Providing a safety net in the event of a disaster or emergency.

  • Community Care Grants - Helping you set up home or to continue living in your own home.

To find out more go to www.aberdeencity.gov.uk or call freephone 0800 0304713. 

Click here for an online application to the Aberdeen City Scottish Welfare Fund 

 

 

The abolition of the Social Fund

Status: to be implemented from April 2013

  • The Social Fund is a discretionary fund from the Department of Work and Pensions which provides grants and zero-interest loans to help vulnerable people deal with sudden costs incurred in a crisis, including:
  • Community Care Grants (see below)  non-repayable payments to support people leaving accommodation in which they have received care, help people remain in the community, or to help people on resettlement programmes set up their home
  • Budgeting Loans interest-free loans that help spread the cost of certain one-off expenses over a longer period.
  • Crisis Loans (see below)  support to meet expenses in an emergency (for example funeral costs) or costs incurred because of a disaster (for example flood damage)
  • Cold Weather (Winter Fuel) payments money that contributes to extra heating costs when there is a very cold weather
  • Sure Start Maternity Grants these help pay for anything related to a new baby

The Act abolishes the Social Fund (including Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans) and replaces it with the Scottish Welfare Fund which is administered by Local Councils.

Under the new arrangements some aspects of the Social Fund will be handled differently:

Cold Weather Payments and Sure Start Maternity Grants will be incorporated into Universal Credit and paid automatically when the qualifying criteria are met.

 

 


Community Planning Partners Include:


 
Community Planning Aberdeen Aberdeen City Council Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations Grampian Fire and Rescue Service Grampian Police NHS Grampian