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Briefing

Welsh Government cuts to Family Fund grant puts low income families with severely disabled and seriously ill children at a disadvantage

01 November 2016
Welsh Government cuts to Family Fund grant puts low income families with severely disabled and seriously ill children at a disadvantage 
 
What is at risk? 
Formed in 1973 by the UK Government Family Fund1 is a charity that gives practical help to families with severely disabled and seriously ill children under the age of 18. In 2015-16 Family Fund received 6,241 applications and gave grants to 5,429 families in Wales2. These grants paid for furniture, clothing, bedding, kitchen appliances, sensory toys, items of technology as well as short breaks. Family Fund grants also supported low income families with the cost of travel to and from hospital to visit children with serious or life threatening illnesses such as cancer and leukaemia. 
 
To be eligible for a grant children and young people must have a severe disability with additional complex needs, or have a serious or life threatening illness. Grants are restricted to families on low incomes and targeted at families on the lowest income who receive a range of benefits. 
 
Read more about how funding has been cut in the briefing below
 

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