The Welsh Government has set up a national scheme called the  Discretionary Assistance Fund. This replaces parts of the Social Fund previously run by DWP sometimes known as ‘crisis loans’ or ‘community care grants’.

The fund offers grant payments or support for two purposes:

  1. Emergency Assistance Payments  for  an emergency or when there is an immediate threat to health or wellbeing. Anyone over the age of 16 can be considered to help meet expenses due to an emergency or because of a disaster.
  2. Individual Assistance Payments to meet an urgent identified need that enables or supports vulnerable citizens to establish themselves or remain living independently in the community. To be eligible applicants must be: 
  • entitled to and be in receipt of income related welfare benefits such as Income Support; income-based Job Seeker's Allowance; income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Pension Credit; or 
  • due to leave an institution or care home within 6 weeks, that they are likely to be entitled to receive income related welfare benefits on leaving.
To see if you are eligible for support under the scheme or to make an application, please visit the Welsh Government Discretionary Assistance Fund webpage

Other Useful Contacts

For information on Housing and Council Tax Benefits changes contact;

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
Tel: 01443 425002

For further advice and guidance on welfare benefits and any of the planned changes contact Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) to book an appointment with your nearest local Adviser who will be able to talk through the changes and any support you may require.

Local Job Centre Plus Offices
Aberdare 01685 887200
Mountain Ash 01443 618500
Pontypridd 01443 484700
Porth 0845 604 3719
Tonypandy 01443 616000
Talbot Green 0845 6043719
Treorchy 01443 618800
Social Landlords across RCT
RCT Homes 0845 301 4141
Rhondda Housing Association 01443 424200
Cynon Taf Housing Association 0345 2602633
Newydd Housing Association 01443 408080
Hafod Housing Association 029 2067 5800

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