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Social fund benefits

Please see our Benefits advice page for advice, guidance and assistance with the full range of welfare benefits. You can also use our Benefits calculator to find out how much Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support you may claim.

Budgeting loan

If you're on a low income and need help with certain important costs, you may be able to get an interest-free Budgeting Loan from the Social Fund that you pay back find out more. Find out more about Budgeting loans.

Cold weather payments

During a very cold winter, the costs of heating can quickly add up. If you’re receiving certain benefits, you may be able to get a Cold Weather Payment for each period of very cold weather in your area. Find out more about Cold weather payments.

Winter Fuel Payment

If you have reached the qualifying age you may get a Winter Fuel Payment to help pay for keeping warm in winter. This can be between £125 and £400 depending on your situation. Find out more about Winter Fuel Payment.

Death and bereavement benefits

There are a number of ways of getting help. Find out more about Death and bereavement benefits.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

If you're on a low income, the Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment to help towards costs of a new baby. The grant comes from the Social Fund and you don't have to repay it. Find out more about Sure Start Maternity Grant.