Crisis and Community Care Grants - Scottish Welfare Fund content COVID19 / Cornonavirus Outbreak Update (30 March 2020) Note that Council Advice Services and the Scottish Welfare Fund continue to provide essential services throughout the COVID19 crisis. Note that the services are working via telephone and email but are able to provide the same services normally provided. Please telephone 01382 431188 and select the correct service as detailed below For Scottish Welfare Fund press 1For Council Advice Services press 2For DEEAP Energy Advice press 3 Also for more information on changes to Social Security Benefits and what to claim during the COVID19 pandemic please see here. This leaflet gives up to date information on what to claim during the Coronavirus outbreak and also gives contact details for Council Advice Services, Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau and Brooksbank Centre and Services. Scottish Welfare Fund The Scottish Welfare Fund was introduced on 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 button. Apply for a Crisis/Community Care Grant You can also make a telephone application by phoning 01382 431188. Telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds From 8 November 2017 full digital service Universal Credit was launched in the Dundee area. Under this some 18 to 21 year olds are not eligible for housing costs. The Scottish Government has agreed, as an interim measure, to help 18 to 21 year olds affected by these changes by allowing Community Care Grants to be used to pay their housing costs. To be eligible you must be: 18 to 21 years old claiming Universal Credit as a single person subject to all work-related requirements not covered by a DWP exemption You must be setting up or maintaining an established home in the community and there must be some risk that without help you will be unable to do this. You must have no means of paying your rent and be at risk of homelessness without an award. If you receive an award for your housing costs these will be paid directly to your landlord. Community Care Grant and Crisis Grant Reviews 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 review must be put in writing to:- The Scottish Welfare FundPO Box 217Dundee DD1 3YL 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 the following payments: 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 web page.