A budgeting loan could help with extra costs if you claim certain benefits.
What you can claim for
You can get a budgeting loan to help pay for:
- furniture or household items such as washing machines
- rent in advance
- moving home
- maintenance, improvements or security for your home
- maternity costs
- funeral costs
- repaying loans you already owe for items that you could get a budgeting loan for
You don't pay interest on budgeting loans.
Who can apply
You or your partner must have been claiming any of these benefits for at least 26 weeks:
- income support
- income based jobseeker's allowance
- income related employment and support allowance
- pension credit
If you claim universal credit
You can't apply for a budgeting loan if you claim universal credit.
You can ask for a budgeting advance instead.
How much you could get
The minimum loan you can apply for is £100.
You can be loaned up to:
- £348 if you’re single
- £464 if you have a partner
- £812 if you or your partner claim child benefit
How to apply
You can also apply using form SF500.
How you pay back the loan
Repayments are deducted from your benefit payments.
Ask for repayments be spread over a longer period if repayments cause you hardship.
The loan must be fully repaid within 2 years.
You must pay back what you owe if you stop getting benefits. Ask to pay in instalments if you can’t afford a lump sum.
What to do if you are turned down
Ask for a review if your loan application is turned down or you get less than you need.
Write to your Jobcentre within 28 days of the date on the decision letter. Explain why you think the decision was wrong.
If you need more help
A benefits adviser may be able to:
- explain the forms and help you work out how much to ask for
- suggest other sources of funding
- help you ask for a review of a decision you don't agree with
Last updated 08 November 2018 | © Shelter
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