Other benefits

There are a number of other benefits which may be of importance when advising on a persons housing rights. These included community care grants and crisis grants, administered by Scottish local authorities and budgeting loans administered by the DWP.

Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund provides help for vulnerable people on low incomes through the provision of community care grants and crisis grants. It is delivered by local councils and replaces some of the elements of the social fund. 

Community care grants

Community care grants are a means tested grant available through the Scottish Welfare Fund to help vulnerable people set up home or continue to live independently in their community. In a housing context, this grant may be helpful where clients need essential furniture or white goods to set up home, or for travel or removal expenses. 

Budgeting loans

Budgeting loans are interest fee loans designed for people in receipt of certain benefits. They are administered by the DWP. A budgeting loan claim can be made for rent in advance or removal costs as well as furniture and household items. 

Crisis grants

Crisis grants are a means tested grant available through the Scottish Welfare Fund to help meet the short term financial needs of people who are facing a disaster or emergency. Although housing costs are excluded, advisers may find this section of help where a client requires short terms funds, for example clients facing destitution or those fleeing domestic violence where there they have no access to money. 

This content applies to Scotland

Last updated: 6 February 2018