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Budgeting Loan Form SF500 download

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To make an application for a Budgeting Loan You will need to complete a Budgeting Loan form, this form is called an SF500 and can be either downloaded from the DWP website or from our own site here: click here to download the SF500 form.

The application for a budgeting loan is 9 pages long and you will need to complete the entire form to be considered for a budgeting loan. Once you have completed the form you will need to ensure that you sign it and date it before sending it back to the Benefit centre that manages your area, alternatively, you can drop it off at the jobcentre who will post the form to the section dealing with loans for your area via internal mail.

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The entire process takes around 30 days from you posting the form to your application being decided and payment is issued if you are accepted for a loan and there is enough money left in the Budget.

Here are our top 5 tips for making that application process go as smoothly as possible.

  1. Complete the form as fully as possible
  2. Make sure that the form is readable
  3. Apply for permitted items
  4. Post your application back via 1st class post
  5. call to ensure that your budgeting loan form has been received

You can find Budgeting Loan addresses clicking here.

You can find out how long you may be expected to wait for your budgeting loan according to our advice by clicking here.

Filling in form SF500 for a Budgeting Loan

Before you apply, make sure you have all the information you will need to hand. You will need to provide information about your income, partner (if you have one), benefits, regular expenses, dependents, and any savings you have. You will also need to declare the reason for your application to ensure that you are eligible for a budgeting loan.

Once you have completed and signed the form, you will need to drop it into your nearest Jobcentre Plus office or post it to the benefits centre managing your area. You will then be contacted when a decision has been made.

Who can apply for a budgeting loan?

If you are receiving certain benefits and need money to cover certain urgent expenses such as job seeking costs, funeral expenses, securing accommodation, or essential furniture, you may be entitled to apply for a budgeting loan for the Government to help you cover this cost.

How much can I borrow with a budgeting loan?

A budgeting loan is interest-free and depending on your circumstances you could borrow up to £812. To apply, you will need to download, print out and fill in a budgeting loan form (SF500).

Grampian Orkney and Shetland Crisis Loans

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Scottish Welfare Fund (Local Authority Support)

Applications for the Scottish Welfare Fund will only be available from 1st April 2013. Access to the application process will be through face to face and telephone contact with the council. Applicants will be required to complete a detailed claim form and provide evidence to support their identity and address.

The detailed process may differ between local authorities.

Support offered Referral / Contact details
Crisis Grants: Emergency / immediate threat to health and safety.

Community Care Grants: Enable independent living, preventing the need for institutional care.

Help can include cash, fuel cards, food vouchers, travel warrants, loaded store card for e.g. white goods/furniture.

Customers to contact the local authority for details.

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Clothing, bedding etc.

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Community banking, loans, grants etc.

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Food banks, food cards etc.

Trussell Trust
Search for local food banks via the Trussell Trust website; note that this site is best viewed in Firefox (Right click on the link, copy shortcut, paste into Firefox).
Foodbank Referral Service

Known local foodbanks

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White goods

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Citizens Advice

Find the address and contact details for local Citizens Advice via their website.
Where a specific local service is offered by CA for those in crisis this will be listed below.
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Other welfare support

 
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Leicestershire and Northampton Crisis Support

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Local authority support

Where the local authority has outsourced welfare support any organisations and information will be held on this and associated pages above.

If the local authority are directly involved in welfare support through a contact address and / or number this is provided here, along with the circumstances under which the details should be given out.

Local authority Support offered Referral / Contact details
Leicester City Council In the form of a range of food, goods or services depending on claimant’s need To make a claim Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:00 telephone 0116 2527955. An emergency service will be available outside these hours on the same telephone number (0116 2527955). If claimant does not have access to a telephone, signpost to Leicester City Council offices e.g. Customer Service Centres, Neighbourhood Offices, or the Police who will also hold contact details
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Clothing, bedding etc.

Any known organisations providing support in this area will be listed below.
Organisation / Support offered Eligibility Referral / Contact details
     

 

     

Community banking, loans, grants etc.

Organisations providing this kind of support will be listed below:
Organisation / Support offered Eligibility Referral / Contact details
     

 

Food banks, food cards etc.

Trussell Trust
Search for local food banks via the Trussell Trust website; note that this site is best viewed in Firefox (Right click on the link, copy shortcut, paste into Firefox).
 

 

     

White goods

Any known organisations providing replacement or help with white goods (Fridge/freezer etc.) will be provided below.
Organisation / Support offered Eligibility Referral / Contact details
SOFA (Loughborough)

50% off re-used furniture, electrical appliances and household goods

Unemployed Telephone: 01509 262557
Work-Link Project (Hinckley)

20% off recycled furniture and electrical goods

Proof of benefit letter Telephone: 01455 634449

 

   

Citizens Advice

Find the address and contact details for local Citizens Advice via their website.
Where a specific local service is offered by CA for those in crisis this will be listed below.
Support offered Contact details
Leicestershire Citizens Advice Bureau

Northampton & District Citizens Advice Bureau

Advice and Signposting

Telephone: 0116 2171852

Telephone: (Calls cost 7ppm + network charges)
0844 855 2122

 

     

Other welfare support

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Red Cross for Lincolnshire, Leicestershire & Rutland and Northamptonshire Benefit recipient Telephone: 0845 054 7171
Leicester Salvation Army

Northampton Salvation Army

Benefit recipient Telephone: 0116 2621834

Telephone: 01604 405137

MP warns over Crisis Loan Cuts

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Cuts to the level and availability of crisis loans could drive thousands of vulnerable people into the hands of loan sharks, according to an MSP.

Fiona McLeod said disabled, pensioner and single-parent households need access to Social Fund Crisis Loans, but the UK Government plans to put an annual cap on them.

The SNP MSP said the Westminster Government wants to put a limit of three crisis loan awards per household for general living expenses in a rolling 12-month period.

A recent parliamentary question revealed that more than 700,000 loans were approved for people who had already required four or more loans over the last year alone.

Ms McLeod, the MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, said: “Cutting support for people at a moment of crisis must be the Tories’ cruellest cut yet.

“It will impact on the most vulnerable households and could drive thousands into the hands of loan sharks, making their financial difficulties even worse.

“It is clear from the Government’s own figures that hundreds of thousands of people, who have been granted four or more loans in a 12-month period, would lose access to this lifeline support.

“These awards must be based on need, not an arbitrary cap set by ministers in Whitehall.

“By their nature, crisis loans are a last resort, and the fact that so many people have had to take out these loans should underline the difficulties that households are facing.

“Instead of trying to help, the Tory Government are making things much more painful. These are loans that people pay back, so these cuts are not about saving money.”

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What is the most you can get from a Crisis Loan?

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The maximum that you can owe for a crisis loan is £1500.00 per person OR family unit, this is the bit that confuses most people that want to make an application to the Social Fund, as they use the logic that a family of 4 may need more in comparison to a single person as far as the maximum loan amounts go- this is not the case.

Crisis Loan limits – what you need to know

Even though it does not seem fair that a single person can be deemed to need the same level of financial help as a family, as far as the maximum debt is concerned, this is how it pans out. However, this does not affect the maximum daily crisis loan amounts directly

Example:

If Mr X calls and says that he is in crisis and he needs a crisis loan for food for 3 weeks he already owes £1450.00 he can only be awarded a maximum of £50

Mr and Mrs Y, and their 7 kids call and ask for a crisis loan for another 3 weeks, they already owe £1450.00 so they can only get a £50 crisis loan!