You could get help with one-off payments or occasional payments if you are on a low income and meet conditions. The social fund may be able to give you:
- A maternity grant,
- Money to help with funeral payments,
- Cold weather payments, or
- A budgeting loan.
You will not have to pay back any money you get as a maternity grant, cold weather payment or funeral payments, however, money for funeral payments can be taken back from the estate of the person who has passed away.
You will not have to pay back any money you get as a maternity grant, cold weather payment or funeral payments; however, money for funeral payments can be taken back from the estate of the person who has passed away.
The social fund can give you a budgeting loan – budgeting loans are for help with essential one off big payments that are difficult to plan for such as a broken boiler. You have to pay back a budgeting loan to the social fund, but they are interest-free. If you are in receipt of Universal Credit you will not be able to apply for a budgeting loan but you may be able to apply for a Budgeting Advance instead.
Apply for a Budgeting Loan.
Since April 2013, crisis grants and community care grants have been available through the Scottish Welfare Fund which is administered by Local Authorities (Councils) on behalf of the Scottish Government.
You will need to contact your local authority for more information about how to make an application to the Scottish Welfare Fund.
- How do I check what I’m entitled to?
- Universal Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
- Incapacity Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Statutory Sick Pay
- Working Tax Credits
- Personal Independence Payment
- Housing Benefit
- Support for Mortgage Interest
- Council Tax: Exemptions and Support to pay
- Social Fund
- Next steps