The Scottish Welfare Fund was introduced from the 1st April 2013 as part of changes to the UK Government’s Social Fund scheme. As a result of these changes, crisis loans and community care grants which were formerly managed by the Department of Work and Pensions have now stopped. The new replacement fund consists of crisis grants and community care grants and will be delivered locally by Dundee City Council based on guidance from the Scottish Government.
Crisis Grants can provide you with a safety net in the event of a disaster or emergency.
Community Care Grants can help you to leave care and live on your own, or to continue living in your own home.
Details of Dundee City Council’s Scottish Welfare Fund scheme can be found in the leaflet Introducing the Scottish Welfare Fund.
If you would like to apply for a crisis grant or a community care grant online please click on the link below
You can also make a telephone application by phoning 01382 431188.
If you disagree with a Community Care Grant or Crisis Grant decision you can ask for a review. There are 2 stages to the review process, a 1st tier and 2nd tier. Any review must be put in writing to:-
The Scottish Welfare Fund
PO Box 217
Alternatively, a form can be completed at the Reception desk at Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1QE.
The DWP will still deal with certain payments including:
- Sure Start maternity grants
- funeral payments
- cold weather payments
- winter fuel payments
- budgeting loans (these will be known as budgeting advances under universal credit)
- short-term advances of benefit
You can also find more information by viewing the Scottish Government Myth Busting document.