What is the Local Discretionary Social fund?
The Local Discretionary Social fund can help people who find themselves in a difficult situation and need emergency help with:
- Help to get food & groceries
- Help with gas and electricity payments
- Other things you might need in an emergency
It may also be able to help with essential items for your home such as:
- Things to help you cook
- Other essential things you might need to live in your home
To qualify for emergency help you will need to show something unexpected has happened to you which meant you couldn't get this yourself. Please note this we do not provide cash payments.
To get help with essential items you will need to show you or your family may not be able to cope without them.
For all claims to the Social Fund, you will need to provide your bank printouts for all adult household members for the past 30 days, from the day you submit your application. We cannot accept screenshots from your mobile phone.
Who can get help from the Local Discretionary Social fund?
- You must be resident of Brighton & Hove
- You must be eligible to claim a benefit or tax credit, for example one of the following: (Universal Credit, Income Support/Pension Credit, Tax Credits, Housing Benefits, Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income-related ESA, Council Tax Reduction)
Please click the relevant links, if you wish to apply for a Discretionary Payment for Rent in Advance or Removal Costs, as you cannot apply for these expenses through this fund. If you are waiting for your benefit payment from the DWP, please contact them to discuss a short term advance of benefit on 0800 1690310
Please see here for a full explanation of how decisions about Local Discretionary Social Fund are made.
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How we collect and use information
The council collects information for Local Discretionary Social Fund, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction purposes, but it may be used for any of the council’s purposes. We may check information that you provide, or that a third party provides about you, with other information we hold. We may also get information about you from certain third parties, or give information to them to check the accuracy of information, to prevent or detect crime, or to protect public funds in other ways as permitted by law. These third parties include government departments and local authorities. We will not disclose information about you to anyone outside the council unless the law permits us to. The council is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 for these purposes and is the Data Controller. If you want to know more about what information we hold about you, or the way we use this information, please write to the council’s Data Protection Officer at Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 4AH.
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