The Discretionary Social Fund consists of grants and repayable interest-free loans that can help meet the costs that your weekly benefits can’t cover.It includes: Budgeting Loans – interest-free, repayable loans for furniture, clothing etc. (You will need to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit.) Community Care Grants – similar to budgeting loans but you will not need to repay it. (You will need to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit.) Crisis Loans – emergency fire/flood etc.
Details of your local Discretionary Social Fund can be provided by your council.