Flexible Support Fund awards are aimed at improving a claimant’s job prospects and to help get you into work. As with most grants you must be eligible and there are restrictions in place for what the funds can be used for, it is also provided at the discretion of the Jobcentre Plus Advisor.
Unlike a loan, the Flexible Support Fund does not need to be repaid.
Part of the eligibility is that you must be receiving one of the below benefits but also that you must be receiving assistance with finding work through the jobcentre.
- Universal Credit
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Carer’s Allowance
It can support anyone eligible for Work Preparation Support (help & support to make a successful move into work, inc access to training, advice, job hunting & applications) this can include lone parents, partners and carers as well. It is always worth checking as other circumstances can be taken into consideration.
What does it pay for?
The most common types of awards are for:-
- training and education
- barriers to work
- travel expenses
The grant pays for things such as:-
- smart clothing for interviews or to start work
- essential work wear (but not safety wear as the employer has a duty to provide this)
- essential tools and equipment, for example, chef’s knives
- travel costs
- childcare costs
There is no set minimum or maximum that can be provided as it all depends on each situation, it is, however, unlikely that anything already paid for will be reimbursed.
How to apply
To apply for the Flexible Support Fund you can go direct through the jobcentre Plus by giving details on what you need the funding for and evidence that you cannot afford this yourself. Alternatively, you can contact us as after all, it’s what we do!