In Wales, you may be able to get help from the Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF). (This fund replaced social fund community care grants and crisis loans, which no longer exist.)
The DAF provides urgent grants to people as a last resort, and can include awards for certain electrical white goods, such as fridges and cookers, in addition to household items such as beds, bedding, curtains and kitchen items. Grants do not need to be paid back. There are 2 types of grant:
Individual Assistance Payments
In some urgent situations, IAPs can help if you are trying to move house or stay in your current home. There are some qualifying conditions and, to be eligible, you must be:
- entitled to, and in receipt of, Income Support, income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or Pension Credit; or
- due to leave an institution or care home within 6 weeks, and likely to be entitled to receive one of the above benefits on leaving.
Emergency Assistance Payments
EAPs can help meet expenses as a result of an emergency or disaster and might be able to help pay towards heating your home in the event of extreme weather.
Anyone over the age of 16 can be considered eligible for these payments.
The EAP is a small, short-term grant available to cover the immediate emergency needs and can be awarded towards essential needs such as food, gas, electricity, essential clothing and emergency travel. There is no requirement to be in receipt of any benefit, but the DAF is a fund of last resort, supporting the most vulnerable.
For more information on the DAF, included a link to apply online, have a look at the moneymadeclearwales website. You can also apply by ringing 0800 859 5924.
The Child Poverty Action Group has details of the type of thing a grant from the DAF might cover.
Get advice if your application for a DAF is unsuccessful. A benefits adviser may be able to persuade them to offer you some help or be able to help you access other sources of help.
For information on the DAF in welsh, see here.