Nov 182016
 

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The Biscuit Fund LogoSince 2013, the Biscuit Fund has been operating, channelling vital money to people in times of dire financial need during these dark days of austerity.

You may never have heard of the Biscuit Fund, that’s because they have operated quietly, largely in the background. The people who run the fund have pledged to remain anonymous and the fund itself hasn’t sought much publicity.

But since 2013, thousands of individual people and families have received help from the Biscuit Fund. The fund has distributed well over £50,000 to people at times of dire need. The fund has helped people to pull through crises in their lives and at the same time managed to spread some hope and crumbs of comfort to people going through desperate times.

But now the people who run the fund can see a challenge bigger than they have ever faced before. It goes by the name of The Benefit Cap.

From 7th November and being rolled out across the UK in stages, new, lower, benefit cap rates will come into affect. While there are exemptions for some disabled people, and other groups, it is anticipated that large numbers of people will suddenly find they have much less to live on each week, it could be up to £115 per week less per family.

This is bad enough, but what makes this so much worse is that this hasn’t been widely publicised. People won’t get a chance to prepare, they won’t know it’s going to hit until they suddenly start to receive much less money. Carefully balanced budgets that people and families are just struggling to cope with suddenly thrown out of the window. There is no reconsideration or appeal to this cap, and no support provision for those who cannot cope.

The people who run the Biscuit Fund are anticipating a massive rise in the number of people who will need help from their fund. And the fact is, the money available just isn’t enough to be able to help the sheer number of people who will need it.

That is why this appeal is going out. In order to help the expected rise in people in dire need, the Biscuit Fund needs donations from people who can afford it.

We stress that if you can’t afford to donate, please do not donate money that you need for yourself.  If you can’t donate you can still help the cause by sharing this appeal across social media.

But if you can afford it, if you do have more than you need, please please consider a donation to the Biscuit Fund.

If you donate, every penny of your donation goes to people in serious need. The fund has no paid staff, everyone who works for the fund donates their time for free, no one claims expenses. The fund has no offices or admin costs, the only costs that the fund has is the money that Paypal takes from donations.

Please donate to the Biscuit Fund

Please Note: The biscuit fund does not accept direct applications for support, they can only consider referrals from health workers or some benefit advisory services.

What is the Biscuit Fund?

The Biscuit Fund is a small group who operate almost solely online, keeping a watchful eye on help forums and pages for people in dire need of financial assistance.  We were first formed in very early 2013 and by 2016 we had managed to raise and distribute over £50,000 to people in poverty, be it fuel poverty, food poverty or any other kind of poverty.  The target we have set ourselves is to raise and distribute over £100,000. A large number of our recipients disabled people who have been declared ‘fit for work’, who have been left with no income and no job prospects or working families, who are simply finding that the money they earn just doesn’t cover the food/heating bills as well as folk who have been victims of crime in the form of muggings or theft.

The Biscuit Fund has three Independent Trustees, an accountant, a Rock Star (well, a musician, but we think they’re a super star) a web master and over 50 volunteers (known as “agents”) who search out those in need by among other things monitoring our local communities, online forums and pages for people in dire need of financial help.

All of our agents are pledged to remain anonymous and keep the names of other agents secret as well. None of the people who work for the fund receives money from the fund. The fund has no offices, no administration costs or any other costs. The only money deducted from donations are Paypal fees which are unavoidable. Otherwise every penny donated goes to people in hardship. Our charity registration number is 1154117 and we are an entirely not-for-profit organisation.

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