Help with day-to-day living costs
Whether you need help with unexpected one-off costs, regular financial support or some advice around your benefits – we can help you.
Regular financial assistance
This is for those on a low income and who are of pensionable age, approaching pensionable age, or have been diagnosed with a severe long-term health problem and will not be able to work again. The amount received will depend on the person’s financial circumstances. New applications will be capped at a maximum of £30 a week. You must reapply for financial support each year.
Home fuel costs
A grant of up to £520 can be given to people who are struggling with home fuel costs. This grant is particularly supporting those who have been most affected by the increase in home fuel costs as a proportion of their household income. Usually aimed at those who are in receipt of means tested benefits, such as Universal Credit or Pension Credit, and other households on low incomes. The grant is paid as a lump sum and we ask to see evidence of the fuel price increase, such as a letter from a supplier or two energy bills showing the change.
Garden maintenance allowance
A grant of up to £10 a week (£520 each year) can be given to people with a disability or to carers to pay for the cost of maintaining a garden. This will be paid annually to employ a gardener throughout the year.
Domestic assistance allowance
If you or someone you know has a disability, we can provide a grant of up to £20 a week (£1,040 a year) to pay for housework or minor DIY tasks. This money can also be awarded to carers to pay for this work. We hope this will enable people to stay in their home longer and remain independent. The allowance will be paid annually to employ a cleaner or someone to carry out maintenance work throughout the year.
In some cases, we can support people with priority debts and the costs of filing for bankruptcy or a debt relief order. An independent specialist debt adviser must confirm in writing that this is a suitable course of action.
Temporary financial assistance
There may be a variety of reasons where you might require temporary financial assistance. For example we may be able to help someone who has lost their job them from falling into financial difficulties. Though it's also important the person claims all statutory support.
Our in-house benefits specialists are able to provide advice on income maximisation and state benefits. Further details can be found on our benefits advice page.
Costs we're unable to help with
Unfortunately we can't reimburse funds already spent unless it’s an emergency and the person has no other option than to borrow money or use a credit card. For example, paying for essential boiler repairs.
Loans and credit card debts
We can't help with debts such as credit cards and unsecured loans. Instead, we advise people to seek professional and independent debt advice from Citizens Advice or Step Change.
If it's an exceptional circumstance, for example if credit was used to fund essential items or services, we may be able to help. In these cases, we’d require a report from a professional money adviser that outlines the problem, looks at options and recommendations, and confirms that no other solutions are available.
Private medical costs
We don't assist with private medical costs if treatment is available under the NHS. But we may consider helping when NHS funding is not available and there are exceptional circumstances. Applicants can be considered for treatment which is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
If you are serving in the RAF
If you are seeking financial support for £750 or less, you can apply online. Applications for over £750 require a SSAFA caseworker's report. Please contact your Chief Clerk or OC PMS who can arrange this.
If you are an RAF veteran
You can apply online for financial help up to the value of £750. If the assistance you require is greater than £750, then there are other ways we can help. Please call us on 0300 102 1919 or make an enquiry for help online. Take a look at some of the things we can support you with financially.
Please note, small grants are usually made within two weeks of an application being received into the Fund's welfare team. At times when the team are experiencing heightened demand for support, applications may take a little longer to process.