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Annual Report on the Social Fund 2017-18

In the last year the Social Fund has provided over £625.3 million to support families on low income with certain one-off or occasional expenses through Budgeting Loans, Sure Start Maternity Grants, Funeral Expenses Payments and Cold Weather Payments. Winter Fuel Payments continued to provide an additional £2 billion to support older people in meeting their heating costs.

Recoveries from discretionary social fund loans exceeded payments by more than £100 million in 2017/2018.

Read Annual Report by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Social Fund 2017-18