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    If you are on a low income, the Social Fund may be able to help you with certain one-off or occasional expenses. If you meet the conditions, the Social Fund can provide funeral payments, maternity grants, budgeting loans and cold weather payments.Until 1 April 2013, the Social Fund could also pay community care grants and crisis loans but these have now been abolished. They have been replaced by different welfare assistance schemes and advance payments of benefit.