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Social Fund benefits

Find out about the Social Fund benefits available from DWP 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, washing machine, clothes or rent in advance. This is a loan you need to pay back. 

UK government Budgeting Loan

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.

UK government Cold Weather Payment

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.

UK government Winter Fuel Payment

Death and bereavement benefits

Benefits include Funeral Payments, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent's Allowance.

UK government death and bereavement benefits

Pregnancy and Baby Payment

If you're on a low income, the Pregnancy and Baby Payment is an installation of three payments to help towards costs of a new baby. The grant comes from the Social Fund and you don't have to repay it. Contact the DWP for more details.

Pregnancy and Baby Payment

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.

UK government advance benefit payments


Phone: 0141 577 3002

Related information 

Scottish Welfare Fund

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