Discretionary Assistance Fund - Exclusions

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Exclusions for IAPs

A person is not eligible for an IAP if:

  • You are currently under DWP sanction.
  • Has been excluded from the DAF because of fraud or misspend of award.
  • You are resideent in a care home (unless you are due to be discharged in less than 6 weeks.
  • You are a member of a religous order which is fully maintained.
  • You have over £500 in savings (£1000 for pensioners).
  • You are lawfully detained (in prison) unless you are due to be released within 6 weeks, or on a temporary license. If you are applying because you are leaving prison, to qualify for the Fund, the minimum custodial sentence served is 3 months.

If you are applying for an IAP because you are leaving care – you should have received that care for a minimum of 3 months or have a pattern of frequent or regular admission.

For prisoners being released from prison, any grant awarded should be reduced by the value of any discharge grant or warrants made.

Exclusions for EAPs

A person is not eligible for an EAP if:

  • You are currently under DWP sanction.
  • Has been excluded from the DAF because of fraud or misspend of award.
  • You are resident in a care home or hospital (as an in-patient) unless you are due to be discharged in less than two weeks.
  • You are lawfully detained (in prison) or released from prison on a permanent licence on bail pending a court hearing.
  • You are a student supported by student income streams.
  • You are a member of a religious order which is fully maintained.
  • You have access to other resources. An EAP is only awarded when someone has no other resources to see them through the crisis.

If you are working with an organisation to support you, it may be worth speaking to your support worker or similar before you contact the DAF – they may be able to help you with your application. Click here to find out how to get help to complete an application.