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Exceptional Needs Grants

Exceptional Needs Grants are lump sum payments that may, in certain circumstances, be payable to help towards expenses that are not covered by your Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance. Unlike Budgeting Loans, Exceptional Needs Grants do not have to be paid back. 

Please download BLG2 – Budgeting Loans and Exceptional Needs Grants for information on what you may be able to receive an Exceptional Needs Grant for.

To make a decision, the adjudication officer will look at whether or not there is a genuine and reasonable need for the item in question.

Savings

If you and your partner have savings of more than £1000 it will affect the amount of Exceptional Needs Grant you can get.

How we decide what we can pay you

An adjudication officer will look at your circumstances and decide the maximum amount of Exceptional Needs Grant you can have.

How and when to claim

Find out the cost of the items you want to claim for, then download and complete the claim form BLG1 – Budgeting Loans and Exceptional Needs Grants and complete and return it as soon as you can. You could lose money if you delay claiming.

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