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Surrey Crisis Fund

Published: 30 November 2020

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Emergency grants for people in crisis

Would you know where to go if you suddenly found yourself with no access to money?

The team at the Surrey Crisis Fund help people who find themselves in a crisis situation with nowhere else to turn for help. It could be redundancy, unexpected delays with benefits payments or people fleeing domestic violence – there are lots of reasons why this can happen to people young or old and through no fault of their own.

The Surrey Crisis Fund is an emergency discretionary grant to be used for food, gas and electricity, travel fares for medical appointments or job interviews and essential furniture such as a child's bed.

The award winning scheme was set up five years ago in response to the Welfare Reform Act 2012 to provide support for Surrey's most vulnerable residents. The team work closely with Surrey's Citizens' Advice and the Department for Work and Pensions.

If you find yourself in need and have nowhere else to turn, Surrey County Council's Crisis Fund may be able to help you. Visit the Surrey Crisis Fund webpage for more information.

COVID Winter Support Grant

As part of the Governments £170m Winter Support Grant, Surrey have been allocated £2m. This money is being used to help families with children through the Christmas holidays, continuing to provide free school meal vouchers to those families who are eligible. It will also support care leavers, and provide direct support to families of younger children eligible for the pupil premium. Further funds have been made available to the Surrey Crisis Fund to help those in Surrey who are struggling financially. You can read more about the Winter Support Fund allocation in this Surrey News article.

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