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The Social Fund

What is the Social Fund?

In April 2013 the Social Fund was abolished and each local council has set up its own scheme to help people with one off or emergency needs.

Support available under the new scheme

Supporting Independence Scheme

The Supporting Independence Scheme provides basic household items to help people on low income:

  • resettle in the community following a stay in an institution (e.g a hospital, a care home or custody)
  • remain in the community rather than enter an institution
  • set up home in the community, as part of a planned resettlement programme, following an unsettled way of life

Visit for more information. This scheme replaced the Community Care Grants which were previously part of the social fund.

Crisis Support Scheme

The Crisis Support Scheme is a payment to help you if you are in a crisis situation and there is a risk to your health and safety of that of a member of your household.

The scheme provides for:

  • food
  • clothing
  • fuel for heating and;
  • arranges emergency travel to cover short term periods

It is available to you if you have no other source of funding or financial support.

This scheme replaced the Crisis Loans which were previously part of the social fund.  More details on how to apply are on website.

Examples of non discretionary payments and loans available from the Social Fund

  • Funeral Payments which can help you with the cost of arranging a funeral. Remember to check to see whether you are entitled to receive this help before making any funeral arrangements.

How do I apply for this support?

You can make an application for

Where can I get benefits advice?

It can be useful to speak with someone about the benefits you may be entitled to and how they may impact upon your other benefits. A local independent advice service can help guide you through the process such as;

Visit for more benefit advice services available across Newcastle.

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Last updated: July 8, 2019

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