Provision Of Discretionary Support 2013
The purpose of this consultation is to obtain views on the design of the new Discretionary Support provision.
The service will replace the existing Social Fund provision of Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans for living expenses and household items which are due to be abolished as part of the Welfare Reform Bill currently progressing through the Northern Ireland Assembly. The new service will provide access to discretionary support to the most vulnerable living on low incomes, who find themselves in the most exceptional, extreme or crisis situations.
The Department is keen to hear from interested parties and individuals on the policy proposals.