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Help for families who need us the most

At the Family Fund, we know that almost all families with disabled children and young people face some form of financial difficulty. Families struggle with the extra costs of raising disabled children, which can be at least three times higher than for other children. We know that there are so many families that need our help and we have always tried to make sure that our fixed funding is spent fairly and wisely on, supporting families on the lowest of incomes.

In these difficult economic times, more and more families are coming to us for help, to meet the cost of the most basic of needs. Many of these families are raising more than one disabled child or have larger families. Their need is great, but their household income is outside of the Fund’s income limit.

Because of this, the Fund has worked closer with families, and third party organisations, to ensure our grants are accessible to families that need us the most. To make sure we are helping families who are on the lowest of incomes and in greatest need, the Fund will be making a change to its income criteria and will now be guided by a family’s entitlement to government financial support in the form of benefit and tax credits.

This means that we will now consider a grant application from any family caring for a disabled child or young person aged 17 and under in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, where they are eligible for, and can send us evidence of entitlement to, one the following: Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit. Families must still however meet all our other eligibility criteria in order to be eligible.

Derek Walpole, Chief Executive of the Family Fund, explains:

“In these tough times, families are telling us that they are losing vital support, and we want to be sure our help goes to those who need us the most. The reality is that, we don’t have unlimited funding and we can’t help every family. A grant from the Fund is, and has always been discretionary. As always, we have listened and learned from families, and we are prioritising our help for families who are on the lowest of incomes, and have the greatest need.”
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Few questions-

It would appear you have now scrapped the income limit?

If so well done for listening and as you are aware this is something i personally was very crictial of so well done and a big thank you for all those families who will now be able to apply.

Is the door now closed for families not claiming these benefits?

Also those that have recently applied and been turned down i assume they can now reapply?
Will you be writing to those that have recently been turned down to let them know?
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(01-21-2011, 04:09 PM)Daniel Wrote: Few questions-

It would appear you have now scrapped the income limit?

If so well done for listening and as you are aware this is something i personally was very crictial of so well done and a big thank you for all those families who will now be able to apply.

Is the door now closed for families not claiming these benefits?

Also those that have recently applied and been turned down i assume they can now reapply?
Will you be writing to those that have recently been turned down to let them know?

Hi Daniel

First question - The vast majority of applications we receive on a day-to-day basis are from families receiving tax credits or one of the listed benefits. The number of families that does not fall into either group is very small. If a family is not getting tax credits (for example, they have just had a new baby and are not claiming yet) or one of the benefits, we will ask what their household income is and what it is made up from.

Second and third questions - The Fund retains all of the applications that it receives and we have already identified those families who will now be eligible for help. These families will be contacted over the coming weeks and grants made available.

There is a Q&A on our website here (sorry I didn't add this link before - we've only just put it on our website too!): http://www.familyfund.org.uk/page.asp?section=00010001000100050007&sectionTitle=Income+criteria

Best wishes,
Family Fund
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(01-21-2011, 04:16 PM)Family Fund Wrote:
(01-21-2011, 04:09 PM)Daniel Wrote: Few questions-

It would appear you have now scrapped the income limit?

If so well done for listening and as you are aware this is something i personally was very crictial of so well done and a big thank you for all those families who will now be able to apply.

Is the door now closed for families not claiming these benefits?

Also those that have recently applied and been turned down i assume they can now reapply?
Will you be writing to those that have recently been turned down to let them know?

Hi Daniel

First question - The vast majority of applications we receive on a day-to-day basis are from families receiving tax credits or one of the listed benefits. The number of families that does not fall into either group is very small. If a family is not getting tax credits (for example, they have just had a new baby and are not claiming yet) or one of the benefits, we will ask what their household income is and what it is made up from.

Second and third questions - The Fund retains all of the applications that it receives and we have already identified those families who will now be eligible for help. These families will be contacted over the coming weeks and grants made available.

There is a Q&A on our website here (sorry I didn't add this link before - we've only just put it on our website too!): http://www.familyfund.org.uk/page.asp?section=00010001000100050007&sectionTitle=Income+criteria

Best wishes,
Family Fund

Sorry, forgot to add - yes, the income limit is scrapped - to apply you now only need to be receiving one of the payments listed.
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this is brilliant news im struglling to pay for driving lessons
gunna apply now :-)


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