short-term benefit advances

  • What is 'financial need'?


    A short-term benefit advance (STBA) payment can only be awarded where a DWP Decision Maker decides that you are in 'financial need'. This is defined in Regulation 7 of the Payments on Account Regs as 'a serious risk of damage to the health or safety of [you] or any member of [your] family'.

  • Foodbanks: Briefing for Opposition Day debate, 18 December 2013

    December 2013

    This briefing raises CPAG’s concerns about rising demand for food aid from UK families. It also presents initial findings from CPAG’s foodbanks project.

    In particular, we emphasise that provision of high quality welfare rights advice must be more widely available and the DWP must urgently start utilising the ‘short-term benefit advances’ (STBA) system.

  • The localisation of the social fund


    This is a 20-minute video on YouTube of a presentation in July 2013 by Kate Bell of CPAG on the change from the social fund to local welfare assistance and short-term benefits advances.