Help to Buy – Wales Shared Equity Scheme »This shared equity loan will make up the shortfall between the purchase price of a property and the funding available to buyers through their cash deposit and mortgage offer.Learn more »
Major £24m investment to transform five Welsh railway stations
A £24m European-backed programme to transform five railway stations across Wales has been announced by Transport Minister, Edwina Hart.
- Leading science innovation company signs up for Life Sciences Hub Wales
- “Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
- Major £24m investment to transform five Welsh railway stations
- Alternatives to Waste Transfer Notes and other aspects of Waste Regulation
- Proposals concerning the publication of official statistics
- Consultation on Regional engagement partnership structures in the tourism sector
- Beyond 2011: Consultation on Census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
- M4 Corridor around Newport Consultation
- Undertaking fatal and non-fatal drug poisoning reviews in Wales
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
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Discretionary Assistance Fund for Wales
As part of the UK Government’s programme of Welfare Reform, the discretionary elements of the UK Government’s Social Fund (Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans) have been abolished.
Other elements of the Social Fund will continue to be managed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), such as short term advances, as well as hardship payments.
From 1 April 2013, The Welsh Government has set up a national scheme called the Discretionary Assistance Fund. This cash limited fund will initially run until March 2015. The scheme is being managed, under contract to the Welsh Government, by Northgate Public Services (Northgate) working in partnership with The Family Fund and Wrexham County Borough Council.
The purpose of the fund is to offer payments or in kind support to provide urgent assistance to people where there is an identified need to safeguard health and well being. The fund can also be accessed to enable or maintain independent living.
These payments will be made available to people who have no other means of meeting the immediate cost of living and are not intended to meet the cost of ongoing expenses.
Within the scheme there are two types of non-repayable grant support:
- Emergency Assistance Payments to provide assistance in an emergency or when there is an immediate threat to health or wellbeing. Anyone over the age of 16 can be considered eligible for these payments to help meet expenses due to an emergency or because of a disaster.
Individual Assistance Payments to meet an urgent identified need that enables or supports vulnerable citizens to establish themselves or remain living independently in the community. To be eligible applicants must be:
- entitled to and be in receipt of income related welfare benefits. Income related welfare benefits refer to: Income Support; income-based Job Seeker's Allowance; income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Pension Credit; or
- due to leave an institution or care home within 6 weeks, that they are likely to be entitled to receive income related welfare benefits on leaving.
To see if you are eligible for support under the scheme and would like to make an application, please:
- access the online application form (External link)
- telephone by calling the freephone number - 0800 859 5924 which is free from landlines or 033 0101 5000 which is charged at a local rate'.
- submit a postal application and send to:
Discretionary Assistance Fund
PO Box 1005
Further information and a downloadable paper based application form is available at the money made clear website (External link).