Improving Lives

  • Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements

    Supporting people to overcome their financial problems and ensure that they are able to claim their rights and entitlements.

We want to fund work that helps people to make the right choices about financial issues. Financial pressures exacerbate poverty and are a key factor in wider social exclusion. Being informed about financial options, money management, debt repayment and saving money all contribute to stable living arrangements and an ability to plan ahead.


  • People have the support, information and advice to address their financial issues.
  • People are able to navigate the benefits, migration and asylum systems and claim their rights and entitlements.
  • People have improved financial literacy, are more able to understand their finances and have greater confidence when budgeting and managing their money.

High need groups

  • Low income households
  • People with disabilities
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Refugees and asylum seekers


Examples of current grants

  • Specialist advice on claiming financial entitlements and on navigating the asylum process for recently arrived asylum seekers.
  • Tailored financial literacy, debt counselling and budgeting services for those in need.
  • Financial advice service offering guidance on debt, financial management and benefits entitlements, for disadvantaged local communities.
  • Unified advice and counselling service dealing with debt among people with mental health issues.