What is a Budgeting Loan/Advance?
Budgeting Loans can help people on a low income pay for certain essential items or services:
Furniture and household equipment, clothing and footwear
Rent in advance and/or removal expenses to new accommodation
The costs of improvement, maintenance and security of your home
Essential travelling expenses and expenses due to you getting or starting a job
Maternity or funeral expenses
Hire purchase payments and other debts, but only if the money was borrowed for expenses in any of the other categories.
Budgeting loans are replaced by Budgeting Advances if you are claiming Universal Credit.
Before you apply for a Budgeting Loan/Advance, check whether you can apply for Local Welfare Provision, a Sure Start Maternity Grant or a Funeral Payment,What is a Funeral Payment? as these do not have to be paid back.
Applies to: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Age rules: No specific age rules
Administered by: Department for Work and Pensions