Scottish Committee

What is the Family Support Fund?          

The RBF Family Support Fund is a small grants programme that will provide support to railway staff with children that are in receipt of means tested benefits: specifically child tax credits and universal credit (for those working under 16 hours). It is initially being trialled in Scotland in 2018.


What can the Family Support Fund be used for?

The fund will provide a small sum of money (up to £100) to support child and family related expenses eg school trips, kids activities and clubs, school uniforms, baby equipment etc.


What are the Criteria?

  • You must be a Scottish rail employee, including working in the supply chain.

  • You must be have at least one child who is under 18, for whom you are claiming universal credit or child tax credits.

  • The item or activity that you are seeking support with is related to your family or child’s expenses.

  • The sum sought must be less than £100.

  • You must be able to provide evidence of the above.


How do you apply?

Individuals seeking support can simply apply by downloading an application form (found at bottom of this page). You should provide:

  • Copy of payslip/proof of rail employment

  • Copy of the Child Tax credit award/universal credit award letter

  • Details and cost of support sought


Who will know if I have got support?

Our service is completely confidential. Your colleagues, union rep or employers will not be told of any award or assistance provided. As a charitable gift any grant received will not affect your benefits.


What if I am struggling and need more than £100 ?

You may be eligible for support from our main grants programme – this can be accessed via the application form on our website. Click here to go to our main Application Form. Different criteria apply to the Family Support Fund. If you are struggling, and require help please contact us.


Is there a time-limit for applications?

The fund is running as a pilot at present in 2018.The initial grant fund will be open until 28th September 2018. We are hoping to run another grant programme in the run up to Christmas in Autumn. Our message is – Don’t Delay Apply today!

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