Benefits administered by the DWP

As part of the Welfare Reform Act 2012, changes are taking place with regards to some of the benefits administered by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

All benefits on GOV.UK

Crisis loans

Crisis loans were stopped on 1 April 2013. Anyone requiring emergency help with food, utilities or household items can apply to the Discretionary East Sussex Support Scheme. Eligibility rules apply.

Crisis loan alignment payments

From April 2013 crisis loan alignment payments and other crisis loans paid due to issues with benefit were replaced by a new national scheme of short term benefit advances which is for claimants making a new claim to benefit who cannot manage until their first payday.

The DWP continues to administer this and you need to visit your local Jobcentre Plus if you want to apply.

Budgeting loans

Budgeting loans help pay for essential things like rent, furniture, clothes or hire purchase debts and will continue to be available until Universal Credit is fully rolled out. As people move to Universal Credit they will have access to a new system of budgeting advances to replace budgeting loans.