Social Fund

Social Fund

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Getting A Social Fund Number

Social Fund NumberThe social fund, which is regulated by HMRC, is one of your best options when it comes to financial assistance for one-off expenses. To get you started, you can call the Social Fund Number 0843 455 0031 for more information on how to get the assistance you need. For starters, you need to know what the fund is all about.

The loan is an interest-free financial facility that can be used for a variety of one-off expenses. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

The 1980’s government approach to welfare funding policy became more of a legal entitlement where funding was no longer on a discretionary basis. Over the years, several reviews such as the 1983 Fowler reviews, gave the final regulated and discretionary social fund in 1987 and 1988 respectively.

Budgeting Loan Number 0843 455 0031.

Up until April 2013, the social fund could also pay crisis loans and community care grants. However, these have since been replaced by a range of other welfare schemes and advance payment benefits. These new welfare benefits are meant to assist with the living expenses in case of an emergency or crisis and are available to anyone on a low income.

Contacting the Loan Office

The easiest and most convenient way to place a query is through the budgeting loan number 0843 455 0031. If you would like to make an application, it would be best to visit your local Job Seeker’s office for advice on which forms you need to fill and how to fill them. The officer will also ask you a few questions to ascertain that you qualify for the funding.

The social fund offers a range of facilities in varying amounts depending on the prevailing personal circumstances.

Maternity grants

Maternity grant, which is also sometimes referred to as the Sure Start maternity grant, which is now a one-off £500 payment. Previously, it was a £25 with a one-off or varying payment provisions depending on the situation at hand. Fill in the SF100 form to get this grant.

Funeral grants

Funeral grant was previously at £30 death grant with single or varying payments and is now a one-off payment of up to £700. You can fill the SF200 form to access this facility. The amount given under this fund does not cover all the expenses that are catered for by the pre-paid funeral plan. The amount is used to cover

  • Costs of cremation or burial plot
  • Cost of transporting the body to the final place of rest (if over 50 miles) Cost of a return journey when organising or attending the funeral
  • Costs of releasing the assets of the deceased (through documentation)
  • Costs of flowers, funeral director, and other religious requirements

If using a private funeral plan, a limit of £160 is given to cover the expenses that are not included in the funeral plan.

It is important to bear in mind that the amount you receive in funeral payment will be reduced depending on the available assets of the deceased. This means that any resources that can be used to help with the funeral expenses will be used (excluding arrears of benefits to be given).

You also qualify for a budgeting loan if the amount given a funeral grant is not enough to cover all the expenses.

Cold weather payments

The cold weather payments, which should not be confused with winter fuel payments, are also issued under the social fund. Cold weather payments are generated automatically for all those who are entitled to and are currently at £25. The winter fuel payments are only available to females above the retirement age.

Budgeting loans

Budgeting loans and other crisis funding options are also available in varying amounts depending on specific personal circumstances. If you feel that any of those grants is not enough to cover your expenses, you can always consider taking a budgeting loan. Call the Social Fund Number 0843 455 0031 to get started on the application process.

When Placing Claim

You can claim a social fund facility up to 3 months of the occurrence (maternity or death) even if you have already covered the expenses. You can get started by calling the social fund number 0843 455 0031 for a quick consultation on how to go about it.

Fill in the claim form completely then submit it to your local Jobcentre Plus Office. You can download the form or get one from your local office. Note that you may not always get a grant that will cover 100% of the expenses.

You can get a funeral or maternity grant regardless of whether you or your spouse is getting any of the following benefits.

Do You Have Any Concerns You Want addressing?

Sometimes you may get an amount lower than what you expected, or your application may be turned down. If you feel like you deserve the fund, you can challenge the decision within a month. You can also call the Social Fund Number 0843 455 0031 to get advice on how to go about the processes required.

Social Fund Number 0843 455 0031.

You can fill in an SF500 Form and return it to one of the addresses below.

Social Fund & Budgeting Loans:

DepartmentHelpline Number
Social Fund Helpline0843 455 0031

Social Fund Opening Hours:

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

Application Address:

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


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