What is the basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA)?
The SWA is a weekly allowance paid to people who do not have enough means to meet their needs and those of their qualified adult or any qualified children.
Means = the money and other resources that somebody has to live on.
What are CWO’s and what do they do?
Community Welfare Officers (CWO’s) are usually based in Health centres.
Their main work is giving out the Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) scheme.
The Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) scheme covers:
How do I qualify for SWA?
You will normally qualify for SWA if you
You will not qualify for SWA if you are
However, you may still claim SWA for a qualified adult or any qualified children.
What is a Means Test and what does it involve?
The Means Test checks if you have enough money to support yourself and what amount of support payment, if any, you may qualify for.
Your means includes:
If you are married or living with a partner as husband and wife, your incomes are added together for the means test.
How much can I get?
Basic SWA is made up of a personal rate for you and increases if you have children.
If you have no means you will qualify for the maximum amount of the allowance.
If you have low means you may qualify for a payment to bring your income up to the maximum appropriate rate of SWA.
How do I get my SWA PAYMENT?
You may get your SWA directly into your bank account or by cheque or post draft.