Discretionary Assistance Fund - The Decision Making Process

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When considering an application, the decision makers are looking at what the issues are and what evidence there is to support this claim.

The Decision Maker is looking to establish the facts:

  • which grant has been applied for?
  • is the applicant eligible?
  • if IAP – which qualifying condition has been met?
  • can the applicant be identified (i.e. name, address, NINO match DWP records)?

A decision is then made by gathering the evidence and considering the circumstances as they are presented.

Please present the circumstances clearly with as much detail as you can.

Normally, there is no need to ask a person to corroborate information you provide. However, in some repeat applications, we will need a confirmation of the circumstances from a registered partner organisation.You will be informed, if this is required.

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.