The Scottish welfare fund can be an important resource for individuals and families facing emergencies, or during particular stages in their lives when they need additional support. This course gives advisers a practical introduction to the fund, an overview of the tactics which make for an effective application, and how to seek reviews when an initial application fails. It also covers when and how to make applications for universal credit advances and short-term benefit advances of other DWP benefits - often a preliminary step before a Scottish welfare fund application.
The course covers:
• What is the Scottish Welfare Fund
• Who can get a grant
• The key ingredients of an effective application
• Using the guidance
• Challenging refusals
• Applying for a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) short-term benefit advance