Loans Via Cambridge Local Assistance Scheme (CLAS)

Topic last updated May 2019

 

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What it is

Criteria and eligibility

Process

Key points when advising clients

Items in the scheme

White Goods

Furniture & Bedding (1 bed per person or couple)

Clothing (£100 per person on a Sainsbury, Tesco or Arcadia gift card)

Other Household costs (these will not be paid in cash to the claimant)

Food Packs (delivered to customer’s home)

 

i_black.jpgThis list has been compiled by Sue Reynolds of CHS Group.  This is NOT an official CLAS document

What it is

 

This scheme is the local replacement for the old Social Fund Community Care Grant.

 

Criteria and eligibility

 

The criteria and eligibility for the scheme is very tight and the assistance is quite specific.

 

Please take the time to read this.

Process

A network of CLAS Champions have been recruited to ensure that the scheme reaches those most in need and is offered as part of a wider intervention that develops their longer term resilience and financial capability.

Under the new CLAS scheme only CLAS Champions are able to grant awards. Unless your organisation is hosting a CLAS Champion, you will need to refer people to their local CAB as there are CLAS Champions in Cambridge & District CAB  and Rural Cambs CAB.

 

Please see this flowchart which illustrates how Universal Access to CLAS works.

 

Here are details of how you can fast track customers to Cambridge & District CAB and Rural Cambs CAB, and details of their locations.

 

 

Key points when advising clients

There are a few points that will help us to manage customers who are calling us or being directed to us for assistance via this scheme:

 

 

 

 

Items in the scheme

White Goods

Fridge

Freezer

Fridge Freezer

Electric Cooker (free standing)

Washing Machine (only for those with children or medical conditions which necessitate extra washing of clothes)

Microwave

 

Furniture & Bedding (1 bed per person or couple)

Table & 4 chairs

Single bed & bedding (pillow, pillow case, duvet, duvet cover and fitted sheet)

Double bed & bedding (pillow, pillow case, duvet, duvet cover and fitted sheet)  

Bunk beds & bedding (pillow, pillow case, duvet, duvet cover and fitted sheet)

Kitchen utensils & 16 piece kitchen set

 

Clothing (£100 per person on a Sainsbury, Tesco or Arcadia gift card)

Adult

Child

Baby

Other Household costs (these will not be paid in cash to the claimant)

Removal costs up to £500 (with 2 written quotes, paid to removal firm)

Home Repairs up to £500 (with 2 written quotes, paid to the firm doing the repairs. Social Housing tenants are unlikely to be considered)

Short Term Accommodation costs up to £500 - paid to landlord (e.g. rent in advance with letter from landlord explaining this)

Rent Deposit up to £500 – paid to landlord (with letter from landlord explaining this)

Food Packs (delivered to customer’s home)

Adult

Child

Baby