How to apply for a budgeting loan
A budgeting loan could help with extra costs if you claim certain benefits.
Who can apply
You or your partner must have been claiming any of these benefits for at least 26 weeks:
income based jobseeker's allowance
income related employment and support allowance
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.
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
maintenance, improvements or security for your home
repaying loans you already owe for items that you could get a budgeting loan for
You don't pay interest on budgeting loans.
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
You can make a written request for a review if your application is turned down or you get less than you need.
Explain why you think the decision is wrong.
You must do this within 4 weeks of getting the decision letter.
Call the DWP social fund on 0800 169 0140 if you're not sure where to send your review request.
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: 8 November 2018