Scottish Welfare Fund Details for Glasgow

The new Scottish Welfare Fund, which will be administered in Glasgow by Glasgow City Council, will be operational from April 1st 2013.  The Fund replaces the old facility for the administration of Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants from April this year.   To replace Budgeting Loans, alignment Crisis Loans and interim payments, which are made to claimants while awaiting benefits decisions/processing, a nationally administered Department of Work and Pensions facility will be in  place.

Welfare Fund Eligibility

Crisis Grants
Applicants should be aged 16 or over and should normally be entitled to Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Savings Pension Credit, Guaranteed Pension Credit or payment on account of one of them in order to be eligible for a Crisis Grant (although exceptions may be made by the administering authority in exceptional cases, such as to those fleeing domestic abuse).  

Community Care Grants
Applicants must be aged 16 or over and entitled to Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Savings Pension Credit, Guaranteed Pension Credit, or payment on account of one of them in order to be eligible for a Community Care Grant. 

Applicants may be awarded a Community Care Grant if they are leaving accommodation in which they received significant and substantial care, supervision or protection.

Examples of such accommodation, though not an exhaustive list, are:

  • hospital or other medical establishment
  • care home
  • hostel or shelter
  • staff intensive sheltered housing
  • Local Authority care and foster care
  • prison or detention centre
  • supported accommodation.

The Council will also give advice, guidance and signposting and onward referral to both internal and external support agencies. 

Eligible applicants can apply online, by telephone or by post.

The online application will be available from 1 April via the ‘Apply for It’ button on the home page of the Glasgow City Council website.

The Scottish Government has published guidance on the Fund. More information on eligibility and qualifying circumstances can be found in the Scottish Government  Guidance

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  • Alan Milroy replied on 27 Mar 2013 at 21:37

    I am on contribution based support allowance with care component and have just been offered a property through housing association but have no savings or any way of getting money to furnish the property i was homeless before being offered the property and cant move in until i get furniture so can i apply for a grant. I have nothing except clothes to move in with and experienced homelessness and was in hospital for operations.

  • Peter Dempsey replied on 1 Apr 2013 at 21:36

    To Mr Milroy.

    Yes you can apply for a community care grant
    However the council will not give you ANY cash, but will supply you with goods from City Building/RSBI. All the furniture will be new, however how much NEW furniture will you be able to buy is open to question.

    The council was supposed to be open today for telephone and online applications for Social Welfare Fund grants, but despite what the council said at the awareness session in March no one was available today.

    The council have had 9 months to prepare for the transfer of the social fund to their control. Poor show all round.

  • amy replied on 4 May 2013 at 03:18

    no cash does this mean when you get a new house and get a grant you can not choose what you like where does the furniture come from

  • Anonymous replied on 29 Jul 2013 at 16:13

    I think this is just a front. applied online 5 days ago and no email, phone call or letter. I called the number today on and was told no such service exists. very strange.

  • jordan replied on 22 Aug 2013 at 13:55

    im 21 years old just bidded for a house and i have got it and wondering if i can get a community care grant ive been homeless for sometime have been staying at my mates house and sleepin ruff im 21 years old and on jsa am i entitiled to community care grant

  • June Admin replied on 22 Aug 2013 at 14:45

    Hi thanks for your comments - there is a more recent article with info about how to access the Scottish Welfare Fund here:-

    http://www.gcvs.org.uk/news_and_information/news/2396_scottish_welfare_fund_may_not_be_reaching_those_in_need

    Contact details from the Council website:-

    Applications for SWF grants are can be made by telephone, the Grants Services team are available on 0141 276 1177, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, or you can apply online for a Scottish Welfare Fund grant.

    https://lwa.financialassessments.co.uk/OnlineApplication/Introduction.htm

    I will also email this information to you all.

  • brenda Lee replied on 26 Nov 2013 at 17:11

    I got a email saying that my application ref number LWA50070 was not finished please can you help me please I can't get back on to the site

  • Lynn Reilly replied on 8 Dec 2013 at 19:04

    Hi can some1 post a link which takes you directly to application for Welfare application

  • June Admin replied on 9 Dec 2013 at 10:11

    Contact details from the Council website:-

    Applications for SWF grants are can be made by telephone, the Grants Services team are available on 0141 276 1177, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, or you can apply online for a Scottish Welfare Fund grant.

    https://lwa.financialassessments.co.uk/OnlineApplication/Introduction.htm

  • andrew bonnar replied on 26 Feb 2014 at 17:42

    I missed my JSA appointment due to my mother dying the night previous and don't have any support as my family live in london

  • andrew bonnar replied on 26 Feb 2014 at 17:45

    I missed my JSA new claim appointment on 25 the due to my mother dying the night previous, I have an appointment on Thursday 27 the and don't have any support as my family live in London

  • andrew bonnar replied on 26 Feb 2014 at 17:52

    Made a new claim and don't have an appointment till thursday27th and don't have any support as my family live in London and my mother died on the 25th if I don't get a grant I'll have no electricity food or gas swell as having to deal with the death of my mother

 

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