Social Fund benefits

Find out about the Social Fund benefits available from Department of Work and Pensions if you're on a low income.

Budgeting Loan

You can apply for a Budgeting Loan if you're on a low income and need help with important items. For example, a washing machine, clothes or rent in advance. This is a loan you need to pay back. 

Visit the GOV.UK for more budgeting loans information.

Cold Weather Payment

If you get certain benefits, you might qualify for a Cold Weather Payment. You get a payment for each period of cold weather where you live.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information on Cold Weather Payments.

Winter Fuel Payment

If you were born on or before 5 November 1953 you could qualify for a winter fuel payment.  This could be between £100 and £300 towards your fuel bills.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information on Winter Fuel Payments.

Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods

If you're on a low income, the Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods is an installation of 3 payments to help towards costs of a new baby.

The grant comes from the Social Fund and you don't have to repay it.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information on these grants.

Advance while waiting for benefits

DWP can offer an advance if you're waiting on your first benefit payment and in urgent financial need.

You need to pay this back over a set amount of time and it's taken from your benefit payments.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information on advance benefit payments.

Contact us

Email:  benefits@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

Phone:  0141 577 3002

Last modified on 16th June 2020

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