Stockport Local Assistance Scheme

3. Budgeting loans

If you have received one of the following benefits for over 26 weeks, then you may be eligible for a budgeting loan:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit

If so, you need to complete a claim form SF500 which are available at your local Job Centre Plus or on the Department for Work and Pensions website.

A budgeting loan can pay for:

  • rent
  • furniture or household equipment
  • clothing or footwear
  • removal expenses when you move home
  • travelling expenses
  • things to help you look for or start work
  • improving, maintaining or securing your home
  • maternity or funeral expenses
  • repaying hire purchase or other debts you took out to pay for any of the above