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Evaluation of the Discretionary Assistance Fund

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  • Release date: 28 January 2015
The Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) is the successor to the Social Fund (also referred to as ‘crisis loans’ or ‘community care grants’).

It was previously run by the Department for Work and Pensions. In 2013 the Welsh Government appointed Northgate Public Services (NPS) to administer the fund on its behalf.

This report documents a process evaluation of the DAF in Wales. The overarching aim of the evaluation was to assess the operation of the DAF and its delivery by the appointed body.


Apply for the Discretionary Assistance Fund online

Or you can apply:

  • by phone between 9.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday on 0800 8595924 (free from a landline) or 033 0101 5000 (local rate)
  • by post (download the form)

Tel: 0300 025 8099

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