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Guardians Allowance

Guardians Allowance

CALL 0843 455 0049

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What Is Guardian’s Allowance?

Guardian's Allowance NumberWhen a child loses both of their parents, it can have devastating effects. Not only do they lose their parental figures, but the struggle to find a loving home that can raise them in a healthy environment can be daunting. Who hasn’t heard horror stories of foster home nightmares? If you are in a position that you want to take in children as their guardian. There is a financial safeguard that the government gives to make the transition and new living arrangements easier. An allowance is provided, that is tax-free and can help with new expenses and daily living costs.

If you find yourself in a situation where you have taken in children. The British Government offers £66 monthly, in addition to the child care benefits you may also be eligible to receive. There is no income requirements to qualify and no penalty for being a high earner. It doesn’t affect your reported income if you are on social assistance and if you are a single parent, you will receive this allowance weekly.

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements to receive the Child Benefit, the children must be in your care and their deceased parents must have been a long-standing resident of the country or born here. In situations where only one parent is living, such as where the sole parent is in prison or the hospital for a period of two years or one parent died and the other was never known, you may also be eligible.

Call The Guardian’s Allowance Number 0843 455 0049.

To find out if you meet the requirements for a guardian’s allowance, download and fill out a BG1 claim form. If you need any help give the guardian’s allowance number a call and ask for help filling in the form.  As soon as the child comes to live with you, get the process going as it can backdate for up to 3 months to help you with the first initial transitional costs. You can also contact the HMRC on 0843 455 0049 and they can help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have based on your particular circumstances. More information is available at citizens information website.

Guardian’s Allowance Information.

DepartmentTelephone
Phone Number0843 455 0049
Guardian’s Allowance OfficeHM Revenue and Customs – Guardian’s Allowance Unit.
Child Benefit Office.
PO Box 1.
Newcastle upon Tyne.
NE88 1AA.
United Kingdom.
Opening Times8.30 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays
Maternity Allowance

Maternity Allowance

CALL 0843 455 0033

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Can I Get Maternity Allowance

Maternity Allowance Number

The government offers expectant women an allowance. This is for self-employed women or those whose earnings do not allow them to claim the statutory benefit. Maternity benefit is paid out for thirty-nine (39) weeks. And can be paid every two weeks or, every four weeks in arrears. This period is usually referred to as the maternity allowance period. This service is backed up by a Maternity Allowance helpline number for contact purposes.

Eligibility.

For a person to confirm their eligibility for this allowance, here are a few guidelines:

  • If the individual is not entitled to statutory maternity pay, the proof of this is required in the form of a document known as SMP1. This document will list why the person is ineligible for statutory allowance.
  • If the individual has been employed for a minimum of twenty-six(26) of the sixty-six(66) weeks before the expected week of delivery, they are eligible for maternity allowance.
  • If the person earns a gross weekly wage of fewer than thirty pounds for the duration of the test period.
  • When the individual is considered to make a gross weekly wage of thirty pounds during the test period.
  • The expectant person has stopped work to deliver her baby.

To get this allowance, you do not have to be a UK citizen. People who have registered their businesses with HM Revenue and Customs are eligible. Failure to register or late registration could lead to you losing all or part of the allowance.

The Helpline Number is 0843 455 0033.

It is advisable to claim maternity allowance at the start of the fourteenth week before the expected delivery week. That is when the claim is officially recognised. In the case of an earlier than anticipated birth, the mother can immediately claim the allowance. It does not affect the progress of the test period.

In the case of sickness during the last month of pregnancy, it is always advisable that a claim is immediately filed. This facilitates the immediate start of your allowance on the day after sickness is reported. Further details can be accessed through the helpline number 0843 455 0033.

More information on the allowance and the process of payment. Is easily obtained by calling the helpline. This will get you professional help how to go about claiming the allowance. You can download a claim form here, more info can be seen here at the Money Advice Service.

Maternity Allowance Numbers.

DepartmentHelpline Number
Maternity Allowance0843 455 0033

Office Hours.

DepartmentHelpline Number
Monday – Friday8 am to 6 pm

Office Address.

DepartmentPostal Address
Maternity Allowance OfficeWrexham Maternity Allowance.
Mail Handling, Site A,
Wolverhampton WV98 1SU.
Child Benefit

Child Benefit

CALL 0843 455 0128

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How To Get Child Benefit Number

Child Benefit Number

General Information.
This Benefit is paid to eligible families with children under sixteen, and sometimes to families with children aged 16-20 who are still in full-time education. It is not means-tested, so it does not depend on your income is below a certain level. Once you have been awarded Child Benefit, you will receive a Reference number, which you may need in order to prove your eligibility for other services.

How to Claim.

Claiming is a simple matter of filling in a form, and returning it, by post, to the office in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The relevant form, CH2, can be downloaded from the government website. Alternatively, it is common for new mothers to be given a Bounty Pack by their midwife, which contains a copy of the form. Calling the Child Benefit Number and requesting a form if you can not find a form.

Who Can Claim?

Only one person can claim this benefit for any one child. This needs to be a person with responsibility for a child, or children, aged under 16. Those responsible for older teenagers might also be able to claim, providing the young person is in approved, full-time education or training.

How Much Will I Get?

The amount of child benefit depends on your individual circumstances but you can use the turn2us calculator to use as a guide before you give them a call.

Child Benefit & Other Numbers.

DepartmentHelpline Number
Child Benefit Helpline0843 455 0128
Tax Credits Helpline0843 455 0127
Universal Credit Helpline0843 455 0035

Child Benefit Address.

DepartmentPostal Address
Child Benefit OfficeHM Revenue and Customs.
PO Box 1.
Newcastle Upon Tyne.
NE88 1AA.
UK.

How Much Will I Receive?

At the time of writing, the rates for Benefits are:

  • £20.70 per week for the eldest child.
  • £13.70 per week for subsequent children.

How is it Paid?

Child Benefit is generally paid every four weeks. Some families can choose to receive payment weekly, but this only applies to single-parent families and those in receipt of certain benefits. You will usually be paid on a Monday or a Tuesday, directly into your bank account. In the case of a bank holiday, payment is made early.

Contacting the Correct Office.

If you call the helpline number 0843 455 0128, you will need to have your reference number to hand. You can find this on any of the letters they have sent you.

Finding Your Reference Number.

You may need to provide proof that you receive this benefit, for example, when making other claims. The Child Benefit reference number is proof. It is made up of the letters CHB followed by eight digits, and two letters. It is found on your award notice, and on other correspondence. If necessary, you can also call 0843 455 0128 and ask for your reference number.

Child Benefit Helpline 0843 455 0128.

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Crisis Loan

Crisis Loan

CALL 0843 455 7047

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What is A Crisis Loan

Crisis Loan Number

Did you know that you can access a range of financial services that can bail you out in the case of a crisis? Well, here is the secret; you can call Crisis Loan Helpline 0843 455 7047 to get financial assistance to sort you out whenever you are faced with an overwhelming emergency. The financial assistance you get in case of an emergency is aptly named crisis loans.

A crisis loan is an interest-free financial facility offered by the government and is available to anyone above the age of 16 years. You do not need to be a beneficiary of other government benefits to access a crisis loan.

Crisis loans in the UK are now known as Budgeting loans and are paid from the social fund. They can be used to bridge the gap when moving to universal credit, as this is paid every 4 weeks.

A Few Facts About Crisis Loans

Now Under Local Councils

As of March 2013, crisis loans are no longer issued by the government. However local councils have been tasked with sustaining a functional emergency support system for the citizenry. The support, which is taken from Discretionary Funds, usually depends on the prevailing personal circumstances as well as the local council’s procedures and guidelines.

What You Can Do With a Crisis Loan

Most of us have seen tough times at least once in our lives. Therefore, if you are facing hard times, you can get a loan to help you sort out essentials such as;

  • Daily expenses such as food
  • Boarding or loading charges/hostel residential fees
  • Travel expenses for those who are stranded away from home

Crisis loans are also issued when disasters such as floods or fires which cause temporary financial crisis from the destruction of property and loss of livelihoods. The emergency loan can help you meet daily expenses such as food as well as help replace household items.

The crisis loan also comes in handy for those whose Community Care Grant is insufficient for other expenses such as advance rent to private landlords.

How Much Is Issued?

A crisis loan, unlike other government benefits, does not have limits on the amount that each should be given. However, there are a few factors that determine the amount you will be given. These factors are:

  • The prevailing severity of your circumstances
  • The amount you have saved up
  • Any unpaid Social Fund Loans

Crisis Loan Number 0843 455 7047.

How to Access Crisis Loans

The rules and regulations pertaining to crisis funding vary from one council to the next; there is no set general rule. While one council send the money directly to churches and food banks, others offer a card that is already loaded with the cash you need while others will give you cash on a short term basis.

There are a few conditions, however, that cut across the board. These conditions that qualify you for a crisis loan include:

  • Must be 16 years and above
  • A duly filled application form
  • You must not have taken the same loan more than 3 times in one year

The standard processing time for a crisis loan is 19 days. If by the 20th day you have not received any notification regarding the progress of your application, you can call the Crisis Loan Number 0843 455 0031. It is not advisable to call if the processing time has not lapsed, unless if you would like to cancel the application.

You must note that the crisis loan is only used to meet dire needs such as healthcare, food, and shelter. It cannot be used as court fees, education, debt repayments or work-related expenses. Before you take up the loan, make sure you understand all the terms and conditions stipulated in the agreement.

Crisis Loan Number 0843 455 7047.

How to Repay the Crisis Loan

Like all other financial facilities, it is important to note down the terms attached to the crisis loans. Once out qualify for the funds and they are released for your use, it is advisable to work out a repayment loan with the help of your Social Security Adviser. You can call the Crisis Loan Number 0843 455 0031 to get advice on how to go about it.

When working out a repayment plan, keep the following in mind.

  • The repayment amounts should be affordable to you
  • A repayment frequency should be achievable

Since the loan is an interest-free facility, you will pay exactly what you got (in smaller, affordable instalments). The best part about this facility is that it is not counted as a government benefit. This means that your chances on other government benefits are not affected.

What to Do If You Have a Query

If you are not pleased with the decision the local council makes concerning your crisis loan application, you should forward your complaints in writing to the Jobs and Benefits Office or the Social Security Office within 28 days of the decision. If you are still not okay with the decision the Social Fund Inspector makes, you are allowed to apply for a review. Alternatively, you can make good use of the Crisis Loan Number 0843 455 0031 to forward your complaints and queries.

There are three addresses to return your application form to depending on where you live, download a claim form.

Crisis Loans:

DepartmentHelpline Number
Budgeting Loans0843 455 7047

Crisis Loan Opening Hours:

DaysOpening Hours
Monday to Friday.8.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday & Sundays.Closed

Application Address:

DepartmentAddress
Social Fund
Social Fund
East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, East Anglia and Essex.
Chesterfield Benefit Centre.
Mail Handling Site A.
Wolverhampton.
WV98 1GG.
London, the South and South East, North East and North West England or Wales.
Wembley Benefit Centre.
Mail Handling Site A.
Wolverhampton.
WV98 1HE.
West Midlands, South West England or Scotland.
Birmingham Social Fund.
Post Handling Site B.
Wolverhampton.
WV99 1DA.

Crisis Loan Number 0843 455 7047.

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Budgeting Loan

Budgeting Loan

CALL 0843 455 0031

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Budgeting Loan Helpline
Budgeting Loans

Are you in need of a loan and are dreading the hefty interest rates that come with commercial hight interest loans? Your best bet is the budgeting loans. Call the Budgeting Loans Number 0843 455 0031 to get started; you will be surprised at how many other government benefits you can be granted!

A Little More About Budgeting Loans

This is an interest-free loan that s offered by the government to low-income earners. One of the major requirements for accessing this facility is that you must still be benefiting from other income-related benefits (for at least 26 weeks).

A budgeting loan can be used for a host of household expenses. These expenses include, but not limited to, the following

  • Purchase or repair of household equipment or furniture
  • Purchase of clothing and footwear
  • Home expenses such as removals or advance rent
  • Work-related expenses such as travelling or start-up costs
  • Funeral or maternity expenses
  • Home expenses such as renovations or improving security
  • Repayment of other debts

Budgeting Loan Number 0843 455 0031.

While the budgeting loan is pretty much available to anyone accessing income-related benefits, there are a few conditions that each applicant needs to fulfil in order to get the loan. The most basic requirements are:

  • You must be a beneficiary of other income related benefits for at least 26 weeks
  • Your income must be below £2,600 maximum threshold if single, and £3,600 if a couple
  • Should have less than £1,000 in savings (otherwise you will not get the full amount)
  • Should be less than 62 years old (otherwise you will get about £2,000)
  • You must not have any arrears on another budgeting loan

If you are already on Universal Credit Scheme, it is important to note that is has been replaced by a budgeting advance. When it comes to the budgeting loan rates, you can have any of the three options.

  • Single applicants get a maximum of £348
  • A couple gets up to £464
  • When kids are involved, the maximum amount given is £812

There are a few catches here; you will not be given an amount you cannot afford to pay back. The minimum amount you can apply for is £100.

Social Fund Number 0843 455 0031.

How to Apply For a Budgeting Loan

If you think that you qualify for his loan, all you need to do is complete an application form. You can get this form on the official Jobcentre Plus websites or at your local office. If you are stuck when filling the form or simply want to trace the progress of the application or place a query, you can always call the Budgeting loans number 0843 455 0031.

When filling the form, you need to be categorical about;

  • Your national insurance number
  • The benefits you are currently getting
  • Details of any other debts
  • Total savings under your name
  • The number and condition of those living with you

It is important to note that the application process for the loan takes about 6 weeks. If you have not received any feedback, it is important to place a query with your local office.

There are times that you may have a pressing need that cannot wait for the entire processing period. In such cases, you can talk to the officer in charge of your application to give you a short-term benefit advance.

While budgeting loans come from the social fund, the offices dealing with the two were separated since April 2013. This means that you should only use the budgeting loans contacts as opposed to social fund contacts when making a query on placing a complaint.

Budgeting Loan Number 0843 455 0031

Budget Loan Repayment Conditions

This is a loan; though interest-free, not a grant. At some point, you will be required to pay it back. For starters, there are a few repayment conditions that you need to be familiar with before you apply for the facility. Some of the most basic repayment requirements include the following.

  • The loan should be repaid in 104 weeks
  • The repayments are automatically deducted from your current benefits payments
  • If you can no longer afford the repayments, contact your local office immediately

Repayments, don’t worry. Before the office approves your application, they have to ensure that you are indeed in a position to make the repayments without straining. Additionally, these amounts will be automatically deducted from your existing benefits payments so you do not have to deal with delivering the repayments yourself.

Other Benefits That You Can Claim

There is a host of benefits that you can take advantage of. The benefits are mostly dependent on your current circumstances, financial status and your defendants. If you have kids or disabled persons depending on you, you may be able to access loans, grants and tax credits that will help you to take care of them. Other financial circumstances such as joblessness or low income also qualify you for a host of benefits. You can talk to your local Jobcentre Plus office to guide you on the benefits you can get and how to make the applications.

Return your Budgeting Load form too.

Budgeting Loans

DepartmentHelpline Number
Budgeting Loan Helpline0843 455 0031

Budgeting Loan Open Hours

DaysOpening Hours
Monday to Friday.8.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday & Sundays.Closed

Application Address:

DepartmentAddress
Budgeting Loans
Social Fund
East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, East Anglia and Essex.
Chesterfield Benefit Centre.
Mail Handling Site A.
Wolverhampton.
WV98 1GG.
London, the South and South East, North East and North West England or Wales.
Wembley Benefit Centre.
Mail Handling Site A.
Wolverhampton.
WV98 1HE.
West Midlands, South West England or Scotland.
Birmingham Social Fund.
Post Handling Site B.
Wolverhampton.
WV99 1DA.