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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 2013. There are two types of payment: Short-term Advances and Budgeting Advances. Although there will also be Budgeting Loans available for many people whilst changes to the welfare benefits system are being phased in.


Publisher: Age UK

Author: Age Concern (England)

Published date: 2017

Editor: Age Concern (England)

Length: 20pp
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