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Benefits and Grants update November 2015

Find out what's happening this month with benefits and grants.



Help with energy and water costs

There are now over four million people living in fuel poverty in the UK (Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change fuel poverty statistics report 2015).

Our No Cold Homes fuel poverty campaign kicks off this month to raise awareness of the realities of fuel poverty and the struggles people are facing to heat their homes. We also aim to help more people check for support through welfare benefits, charitable grants and other help.

If you or someone you know is struggling to pay energy or water bills, we have several pages giving details of help that may be available to help with energy costs/efficiency and water bills. These include:

You can also use our Grants Search to search for any charitable funds that may be able to help you, based on your background, circumstances and needs.


Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015

On 25 November, the Government will publish the results of its Spending Review - the process that determines how it will spend public money over the course of Parliament. Combined with this will be the Autumn Statement - the Government's latest plans for the economy.

Cuts to many Government departments' expenditure, including the Department for Work and Pensions, are expected.

Find out more about the Spending Review and Autumn Statement

Changes to Jobseeker’s Allowance to help Armed Forces families

Spouses and older children (up to age of 21) who live abroad in order to accompany service personnel working abroad, are to be allowed to claim income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) as soon as they return to the UK under new plans by the government. These groups will be exempt from the Habitual Residence test rule which requires them to be resident for three months before being eligible to claim income-based JSA.

For further details, see Gov.UK guidance on changes to JSA for Armed Forces Families


CABA (Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Fund)

This month's Grants Spotlight is on CABA (Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Fund) which provides lifelong advice and support for past and present Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) members and their families. Whether they’re in work, training, or retired, wherever they are in the world.

Find out more about CABA

Church Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses Benevolent Institution (CSSBI)

Are you a Christian teacher, resident in England or Wales, who is in financial need? Or do you know someone who is? Marie di Cara, Administrator of CSSBI, explains how her charity may be able to help.

The CSSBI is the oldest Christian teachers’ charity, established in 1857, to support Church of England teachers who fell on hard times. Today the CSSBI is actively looking for those individuals from all Christian denominations who would benefit from our support.

We aim to meet specific short-term needs caused by unforeseen significant misfortune, in order to help people re-establish themselves and regain financial stability. This may include their immediate family. Applicants must be teachers (current or former), members of the Church of England or of another recognised Christian denomination and resident in England or Wales.

CSSBI grants are usually ‘one off’ and given according to individual needs. These have included:

  • Help towards costs to make life more bearable for individuals in times of real misfortune

  • Repairs or modifications to homes

  • Financial support with costs associated with ill health

  • Emergency relief for individuals in difficult circumstance

  • Financial assistance with the cost of books, travel or special clothing while retraining.

Find out more

Date of publication: November 2015


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