How much Short Term Benefit Advance will I get?
The maximum amount of Short Term Benefit Advance available is based on:
Your personal allowance as part of the benefit you have claimed, and
The number of days you have been due that benefit.
If you are already making repayments for previous Social Fund loans or Short Term Benefit Advances, then these may be taken into account.
The amount you receive will be repaid by making deductions from your benefit payments once they are set up. You have to be able to repay the advance within three months, though this may be extended to six months in exceptional circumstances.
A Short Term Benefit Advance is treated in the same way as a payment of the benefit you have made a claim for so it may be included in the Benefit Cap which limits the total amount in some benefits that working-age people can receive. See our Benefit Cap information guide for more details.
How will I be paid a Short Term Benefit Advance?
A Short Term Benefit Advance will be paid directly into your Bank, Building Society or Post Office account or by Simple Payment if you are unable to open or manage one of these or a similar account.
Short Term Benefit Advance and other benefits
A Short Term Benefit Advance is treated in the same way as a payment of the benefit you have made a claim for.