County Council To Give Emergency Cash Hand Outs
2:59pm 12th April 2013
Emergency cash hands outs to people in Dorset in financial crisis or imminent danger are now the responsibility of the County Council.
The Government handed over the responsibility to local authorities this month.
So if you're house gets flooded or you suffer a fire - you can get a one off payments to help with your daily living needs.
It's a new scheme called Emergency Local Assistance, and will replace Community Care Grants and general living expense Crisis Loans.
Discretionary Social Fund payments to vulnerable people, like those mentioned, were handed over to local authorities in April as part of the Government's welfare reform programme.
The grants will cover expenses for essential daily living needs only and people applying must be aged 18 and over, and a resident of Dorset.
Harry Capron, Dorset County Council's deputy director for adult and community services, told Wessex FM, "This scheme is about providing emergency support for the most vulnerable residents in Dorset at a time of crisis, where they have no access to any other form of support."
He continued to say, "We also hope the new service will lead to a more equal spread of applications across all ages, and make the best use of available funds."
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