Short-term benefit advances

Short-term benefit advances (STBAs) are small, repayable loans of future entitlement to certain benefits. They are for claimants who are in financial need due to delay in paying their benefit.

Find out more by following the links below:

See also www.gov.uk/short-term-benefit-advance.

If you have feedback on these pages please email lwas@cpag.org.uk.

Note: CPAG cannot give advice on STBAs to individual members of the public. Advisers can contact our advice line.

CPAG's concerns about STBAs

CPAG is concerned that the amount of cash awards of short-term benefit advances is significantly less than it was under the previous system of crisis loans for 'alignment purposes'. Some of the decrease is possibly due to the DWP simply issuing full decisions on claims when a short-term advance is requested but it is doubtful that this is the full explanation.