New three strikes and your out crisis loans

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A new rule that was first reported to have been tested last year has resurfaced its head again.

The 3 strikes rule basically says that you can only have 3 crisis loans in any 12 month period for things like lost, stolen or spent money- or any other event that was not unforeseen or unavoidable.

this does not apply to alignment to benefits (payments of Crisis loans whilst other benefit is being processed or decided)

The last time this was implemented it was imposed from the day of the change onwards, meaning that any applications from 4/4/11 will count toward your 3 ( previous apps wont count, but if you have had two in the last rolling 12 months then you will still need to go to your closest participating job centre for a face to face interview)

APPEALS-

Now – even though you may be automatically turned down under direction 14 (already had 3 loans) rules you can still ask for a review, to do this you will need to state why the situation was not foreseen and was unavoidable.

it is expected that you will be turned down after this first appeal stage, and you will then need to ask for your case to be sent to the IRS independent review service, who are not part of the Department - we are not affiliated with any organisation mentioned. For Work and pensions and will give your case a fair hearing( usually within 48 hours of referral)

Social Fund Contact Telephone Number

This site offers advice and call forwarding options, and we are in no way affiliated with any organisation mentioned on this website. Calls to 084 numbers cost up to 7p per minute plus your network access charge.

The Social Fund Contact Telephone Number for the crisis loans sections has recently changed, for those of you that don’t know, the crisis loan telephone service (same day applications for living expenses) is run on a virtual network- this means that your call could be answered by any Benefit Centre dealing with social fund telephone calls in the UK.

Although the previous Social Fund Contact Telephone Number remains active for 3 months, your should Now call 08000 327952

Social Fund Contact Telephone

Previously all offices had their own 0800 contact number, however, as of this month, there is one national social fund number for same day applications.

As before the DWP have made it difficult to find ( 6 pages into the direct gov site!) so here it is – 08000 327952

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