From 1 April 2013, Derbyshire County Council will have a fund to help people in emergency or crisis situations, or who need help to continue to live independent lives or cope with exceptional pressure that they have no money to sort out.
This kind of support was previously available from the DWP as Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants.
There are two types of payment potentially available from Derbyshire Discretionary Fund
- Exceptional Pressure Grant
- Emergency Cash Payment
All applications are made directly to the Derbyshire Discretionary Fund Team on 01629 533 399 they can be contacted Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.
You could get a Budgeting Loan to help pay for essential things like rent, furniture, clothes or hire purchase debts. Budgeting Loans are interest-free so you only pay back what you borrow. You normally have to repay the loan within 104 weeks.
You can apply for a loan if you've been getting income-related benefits for at least 26 weeks. To apply for a Budgeting Loan contact your local Jobcentre Plus office.
If you're are in receipt of certain benefits you may be able to get a Sure Start Maternity Grant, this is a one-off payment to help towards costs of a new baby. You don't have to pay the grant back and it won't affect your other benefits or tax credits. See the related link for more information and how to claim.
If you're on a low income and need help to pay for a funeral you're arranging, you could get a Funeral Payment. How much you get depends on your circumstances and if you qualify. Any money you get is usually paid back from the deceased person's estate (if they have one). For example, any money or property they had. See the related link for more information and how to claim.