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Tameside Support for Independent Living

Tameside Support for Independent Living

Tameside Support For Independent Living (TSIL) is a new scheme that replaces the part of the Social Fund that used to provide Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants.

The new scheme is for Tameside people, aged 16+ who are on a low income and who either need immediate help because they are in a crisis, or to move out of an institutional (hospital, prison, hostel) or an unsettled way of life and who without the help would suffer serious harm to themselves and or their family.

If you need money because you have claimed benefit but have not been paid, contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on 0845 608 8526. They will consider you for a Short Term Benefit Advance. Our scheme does not cover this. 

If you have been getting an income-related benefit for 26 weeks or more and need to buy furniture or household equipment, clothing or footwear, or pay for removals, travel, a funeral or maternity expenses, request a Budgeting Loan from the DWP. Or phone 0845 608 8526.

You can apply on line, either independently, or with the help of a support worker, a friend or family member. Click here to apply online for TSIL Link to External Website.

Our enquiry line for emergencies only is 0800 0356348 normal Council Office hours, Monday to Friday except for Bank Holidays.

To apply you must provide personal information about your finances and your circumstances including:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance Number
  • Benefit Claim number (for Housing Benefit and Council Tax)
  • Address
  • Detail of your weekly income from benefits, wages and other sources
  • Details of the weekly income of other members of your household
  • Details of your children (if applicable)
  • What type of support you need and why 

Emergency payments

TSIL will provide emergency payments for essential daily living expenses, such as food or fuel costs for people who have nowhere else to turn and who without help would suffer serious harm.

Applications for emergency assistance will be assessed within 2 working days. We can not guarantee same day payments.

Applications received on Friday after 2pm will not be processed until the following Monday.

TSIL will only pay a maximum of 2 payments in a rolling 12 month period, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Payments will be made by Cash Box at Tameside Council Offices, Ashton or other locations by arrangement. You will need collect your payment in person and you must bring your TSIL reference number and some identification with you. The award notification will tell you what to bring with you and where to go to collect your payment.

Household items

Applications for household goods will be assessed within 15 working days.

TSIL will provide essential household items for people who are leaving hospital, or care, temporary housing or prison, and who have no means of buying the items. Items may also be provided for people who are experiencing exceptional pressure, such as family breakdown or fleeing domestic abuse. 

TSIL will only provide items once in a 24 month period, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

The items will be provided, delivered and installed by the Furnishing Service.

Help from Department for Work and Pensions

The following payments are still available from Department for Work and Pensions:

  • Funeral Payments,
  • Sure Start Maternity Grants,
  • Cold Weather Payments
  • Winter Fuel Payments .
  • Budgeting Loans will also be available from DWP for people who have been on current benefits for six months, but they will be replaced by Budgeting Advances when people move onto Universal Credit.
  • Short-Term Advances for people who are awaiting a first pay day or benefit
  • Hardship Payments for certain claimants whose benefit is sanctioned or disallowed

For more information go to Benefits on GOV.UK Link to External Website or the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator Link to External Website.

For other sources of help and support go to the Advice and benefits page or the Tameside Citizens Advice Bureau website Link to External Website.

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Tameside Support for Independent Living
Tameside MBC Room 1.69
Tameside MBC
Council Offices
Wellington Road
Ashton under Lyne
OL6 6DL
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 8355
Contact by Fax
0161 342 2398
Contact by Minicom
0161 342 2283

Page last updated: 4 June 2013