Finding the correct telephone number to call you local benefit delivery centre’s Social Fund Section so that you can apply for a Crisis Loan can be difficult. Recently the DWP have changed their website structure and it is almost impossible to find the correct 0845 number for your area.
Here’s more on the Social Fund from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Fund_(UK)
There were two categories of Social Fund:
a ‘discretionary’ social fund intended to respond flexibly to meet exceptional and intermittent needs; and
a ‘regulated’ fund intended to cover maternity, funeral, winter fuel and heating expenses.
The social fund schemes were implemented in 1987 to 1988, as part of an overall review of benefits (the Fowler reviews) initiated by Norman Fowler, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Security (1981–1987) replacing the former system of Single Payments of Supplementary Benefit.
There were three payments:
‘Budgeting Loans’ to meet intermittent needs (more automatic and less discretionary since 1998);
‘Crisis loans’ for emergency situations; and
‘Community care grants’ to help vulnerable people live independently rather than enter care institutions (part of a wider strategy to promote care in the community and link ‘cash’ and ‘care’ provision).
The merits of each application were considered taking into account: the nature of the need; the existence of available resources; the possibility there is a more suitable provider; and the budgetary allocation.
Crisis Loan Telephone numbers
An application will typically take around 30 minutes and at the end of the call the person that you have been speaking to ( The Decision Maker) will , as it sounds, be making the decision on paying you a crisis loan or not.
If it is decided that you areÂ eligibleÂ for a crisis loan, in most cases you will be given a choice as to how you want to be paid. you can collect a GIRO or have a DIRECT PAYMENT into your bank account, either of these will be dealt with on the same day.
Need to speak to a member of the Depart for Work And Pensions about your issues? Our call connection phone numbers should be able to help – get in touch with the right department by dialling one of the contact numbers below.
|Department - we are not affiliated with any organisation mentioned.||Call Connection Phone Numbers - we are in no way affiliated with any organisation mentioned|
|Social Fund||(Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 506 0283|
|Crisis Loan||(Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 509 2336|
|Jobcentre Appointments||(Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 509 2322|
|Job Seeker’s Allowance Claims (New Claims & Existing)||(Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 509 2383|
|Employment & Support Allowance||(Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 509 2374|
|Income Support||(Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 509 2374|
|Incapacity Benefit||(Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 504 0374|
|Universal Credit||(Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 509 2382|
|Universal Credit (New Claims & Appointments)||(Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 509 2382|
|Maternity Allowance||(Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 504 9433|
|Personal Independence Payment||(Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 509 2380|
Calls to the Social Fund on their direct number 0800 169 0140 are free from any BT landline (this include call/phone boxes) and also includes calls from most of the larger mobile phone networks.