This guide was for DWP decision makers and independent Social Fund Inspectors dealing with decisions made before 1 April 2013.
The Budgeting Loan guide has replaced this guide for people who make or review Budgeting Loan decisions from 1 April 2013.
Why we published this guide
We published this guide to help people understand how we make decisions.
Services and information
The Social Fund changed from April 2013. You can no longer apply for Community Care Grants or Crisis Loans.
Read about Budgeting Loans from the Social Fund.