Experiences and consequences of being refused a Community Care GrantAuthors: Professor Elaine Kempson, Sharon Collard, Sally Taylor
Funded by: Department for Work and Pensions
Published by: Corporate Document Services
Publication date: May 2004
Report number: DWP Research Report No 210
This qualitative study investigates people's experiences of not being awarded, or being only partially awarded, a Social Fund Community Care Grant. The report examines people's awareness and knowledge of the Social Fund and their attitudes to making an application for a Community Care Grant; explores their views and understanding of the application and review processes; and considers the impact and consequences of being refused a Community Care Grant or receiving a partial award.
The specific objectives of the project were:
- To assess awareness and knowledge of the Social Fund in general and CCGs in particular, and attitudes to making an application.
- To understand the need that existed and why an application was made for a CCG.
- To assess applicants' views and understanding of the application and, where applicable, review processes.
- To provide an understanding of the actions people considered and took when their application was refused or a partial award was made.
- To understand the consequences of their course of action both in general and in terms of their attitude and future use of the Social Fund.
The study comprised depth interviews with 48 people who had applied for a Community Care Grant in the past six to 12 months and either had that application refused or been given a partial award that was significantly less than the amount they applied for. In addition, secondary analysis of the Families and Children Study was carried out to explore the outcomes for people who were refused a Social Fund CCG during the previous year.
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