Adviser Discretion Fund (ADF)
If you are unemployed and facing financial barriers to starting or returning to work or if you’re in employment or self-employment and also face financial difficulties, your local Jobs and Benefits office may be able to help you through the Adviser Discretion Fund (ADF).
What is the Adviser Discretion Fund (ADF)
The Adviser Discretion Fund (ADF) is a grant award of up to £1500 (within a 12 month period) only available through a Work Coach in your local Jobs and Benefits office. The grant is used to buy goods or services to remove a barrier to employment.
The fund provides, for example:
- help towards training costs
- help with the cost of travelling to work
- help to take up a job offer, including help with the cost of pre-work checks or professional registration fees
- help to increase hours of employment
- help with childcare costs (in certain circumstances)
- help to start up in self-employment or to keep self-employment going following COVID-19
Who can get the Adviser Discretion Fund
To check if you are eligible for the Adviser Discretion Fund (ADF), speak to your Work Coach in your local Jobs and Benefits office.
You may be eligible to access ADF if you are:
- age 16 years old and a lone parent; or
- receiving one of the following benefits:
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (including National Insurance credits only)
- New Style JSA
- Incapacity Benefit
- Employment and Support Allowance
- New Style ESA
- Income Support
- Universal Credit
- Pension Credit
- Maternity Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Carer’s Credit
- Working Tax Credits
- Housing Benefit
- or if you receive one of the above benefits and are intending to take up additional hours or an additional job to allow you to progress in work
- or if your partner is receiving one of the above benefits
Watch the video to see what support is available from your local Jobs and Benefits office.
Contact your local Jobs and Benefits office for more information.