Posted: 18 July 2013

Use our map to find your local welfare assistance scheme

Use our map to learn about local assistance in your area.

 

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Important update: Funding for Local Welfare Assistance is under threat from government cuts.

There is a short time - until 21st November - to change the Government's mind on this. Please take two minutes to add your name and tell the Government to save this vital safety net.

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Prior to April, community care grants were available to support people who need support to live independently in the community. Crisis loans were available to provide help with short term needs in a crisis. 

 

These two forms of support for general living expenses were abolished last year. New local provision of these will be administered by local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales. If the welfare reform bill becomes law, changes will be applied in Northern Ireland this autumn.

The funding provided for establishing local welfare assistance schemes has been provided on a non-ringfenced basis, which has resulted in local authorities across the country establishing different schemes of provision. (Read more about the effects of the end of crisis loans and community care grants in our new report on changes to emergency support.)

For as many local authorities as possible, our table below provides links to local information about local welfare assistance schemes that are available across the UK. Where possible, we linked to pages providing information about eligibility and making an application.

Please use our map and find out about local assistance in your area.

Other help available

Budgeting loans are available through the DWP to help claimants who have been on an income-related benefit for at least 26 weeks. The loans help cover costs of essential items for which it is difficult to budget. More information is on the gov.uk website.

If you are in financial need because of a delay on dealing with a claim, or making payment of a benefit award you may be able to get a short term advance. Find out more on the Turn2Us website.

Find your local welfare assistance scheme

We have information about local welfare assistance schemes across the UK.

Our map contains information about schemes across the UK. In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, the schemes are country-wide, while in England all local authorities have their own schemes.

If you are unable to view the map, you can download the list as a PDF. (If you are unsure of your local authority, use Directgov's tool.)

If you have any further information about any of the schemes where we have listed as 'information unavailable' or if you notice that any of the links provided are no longer working, please let us know and we'll update the map.

 

Get involved

For families getting back on their feet after an emergency, Local Welfare Assistance schemes can be the difference between a temporary financial crisis – like dealing with a broken boiler - and a spiral into debt and outright destitution.

Tell the Government to save this vital safety net:

Take action now to protect the line of defence for children

 

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This page has been updated since its original publication date.

By Sam Royston - Policy team

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How come i see so much about help we can get but when applied for we are told to get stuffed I am a disabled man that is about to end up on the streets I have decided to be cremated as This government will be stealing inheritance's to pay for the coffin bedroom tax I am not long for this world I hope and wish that God will take me away from this place I no longer wish to live this life

I am disabled and totally reliant on care to get me out and about. My daughter, who is my main carer lives with me with her daughter aged 4 years old. I came out of hospital last year after a three and a half month stay to find that the Social Services expected my daughter to take on the load of looking after me but still managed to qualify to a whole 3/4 of an hours worth of care a day to get dress and washed. It took us months of abuse by the care agencies and neglect by the Social Services before we realised I could hire my own PA. Then months later we found out my daughter could claim Carers Allowance. Then I applied for a a review of my care plan. It took six months for them to make a decision but eventually I was awarded £325 worth of care a week - hooray.
I would just like to say at this point that I got no help what-so-ever from the Social Services or my Social Worker or any kind of support plan to achieve this. I'd managed to work out that if you don't ask you don't get. So I asked for much :-)
Then our private Landlady decided she wanted her house back that we had been renting for a year. We applied to all the Care Plans, Support Group, Community Care Grants, Stonham, the Council etc to help us move. We got nothing from my care plan, we got nothing from any support group. We did manage to find the new name for the Community Care Grant and had to practically beg them for the money for our removal cost. Even then they seem quite happy to leave us out on the street with our furniture 'if that's what what we wanted to do'. Strohman promised many things and delivered none and the Council recommended Stroham. Needless to say they weren't any help either. By contacting these 'so called' societies that are suppose to offer help and support they will actually provide more stress and less help whenever possible. I would highly recommend that you don't bother with any of them. We now find ourselves in a similar situation once again and our Landlord has decided he isn't going to renew our 6 months tenancy because we asked him to tidy up the garden. Apparently he has every right to do this! This time we will NOT be asking for help from anyone because we know we will not get it and don't intend to waste our time and money trying to contact these people who clearly couldn't give a shit. This doesn't mean I won't be and have not been incessantly complaining about their services and I'm very much involved with trying to bring this Government to it's knees but we will be asking friends to help us out and will be hiring a local van to move our stuff. We will involve and pay only those we trust and believe we can do the whole move a lot cheaper by doing it this way.
Please don't advertise that these Society's are there to help you because they won't and many people would be a whole lot better off knowing the truth so that they can plan to sort a problem out themselves rather than believing someone is going to magically appear at the last minute and save the day.

I know this info will be too late for you situation, but please pass it along. There is a brillant site: turntous which offers grants. Off the top of my head there is sawyer trust it covers this... provided you are a women over 50 with a disability. Just one example has I do not know your personal situation.
With you saying you are disabled - there is the farell trust if you are ever in need of a break and many many many more.
Also if you were moving from private to social an overlap could have been requested

the dwp will deduct out of your benefits to repay the council tax

I think u will find when you have been visited by a bailiff, there is nothing you can do, I tried, and contacted every person I could the courts, the advice people, only to be given the wrong information that did not exist. Some bailiffs are different and u might be able to get referred back to court but u have to act fast, my suggestion to u, get to yr local court explain and hopefully they will give u a form, u will also find, that the bailiff ups the cost for every visit. And if u have a car suggest u move it, cos they will clam it, and remove it within 24hrs and sell it at auction to pay the bill, there doesn't appear to be any help for anyone in that situation, I have been there, and its awful, Hope this has helped. Good Luck.

whatever you do, do not let them in, they cannot legaly force entry or threaten police, police will only act in breach of piece, their licence forbids them from misrepresenting their powers, they are required to have their licence on their person at all times, some will try fobbing off with photo id, not the same, passive entry is the only way for entry but vehicles im afraid are vulnerable, if u can avoid them, then phone their office and explain your financial difficulty and ask them to return the warrent to claimant, but whatever you do dont let them in or they will dona walking possesionnof your goods and will have a right to forced re entry, also watch out for the threshold manouver, ( foot in door )

i am a 37 year old women with 3 children.i have been a victim of domestic violence.my ex was charged with assault by battery.my home security is terrible i cant even lock my back door.i am on a very low income and cannot afford the repairs.the damage was actually done by my violent ex partner.he made me quit work because of his controlling manner.hence i nearly lost my house and am currently have mortgage arrears.i suffer from panic and anxiety i take anti depressents.is there ant help out there for me im desperate.

Currently struggling to carry on at university due to know money and student finance not providing me with any until January. any help or support would be hugely appreciated. :( thankyou

I used your map & located nearest welfare support in Clevedon but message said 404 could't be found?

I used your map & located nearest welfare support in Clevedon but message said 404 could't be found?

Hi
I am single mum of 2 on ESA/DLA and wandered if there were any grants for new windows and doors - my home (mortgaged) has 25 yr old windows and doors, the curtains blow at night when its windy outside and the house is freezing due to this. I am curently in touch with energy company as my latest gas bill is £900!! I refuse to put the central heating and fire on for it all to fly out the windows and doors now so need some help - if there are anywhere in west yrks/leeds that offer a grant for this it would be great - Thankyou x

Hi I currently care for my disabled partner and our 2 children. We are moving to the Suffolk area shortly to a property that better meets his needs. Is there any help available with the costs of moving and carpeting? As there doesn't seem to be any community care grants available anymore. Many Thanks

I was given the local authority (N. Yorkshire) phone number by the hardship fund as my sanction had ended one day before (had no idea) , I could not get help and still had another 2 weeks without any income. After many weeks without any income at all I was desperate and hated ringing around begging for money but had to swallow my pride as I have a dependent son, I rang the number:
"The hardship fund have given me your number to ask about the welfare fund" I said
" Well what do you want"
"HELP"
" Well what do you want"

I put the phone down

I have recently moved into a council house from private. I have 2 children 5 & 3. I have no carpets or flooring can I get any help with that?

Hello , i am moving into a new home due to my sons health and was wondering if there was any help we could getowards carpet for the new home? Inthe somerst area. Many thank

Hi I am new to this site.Me and my partner currently get dla and esa.We moved to a larger property due to problems with overcrowding.We are struggling with our electric currently owing £700 pounds.It is a really cold house and takes a lot of heating which we cannot afford.One of my children has asthma wich doesn't help.My mental health is really severe now to the point I have to see a mental health nurse every week.The utility company are wanting to install a meter but this is no good for us due to the location where we are.Is there any help out there.Any advise would be much appreciated.Thankyou.

Hi Georgia,

Your landlord has broken the law, he can be penalised heavily for not securing your deposit. You can take him to the small claims court to recover your deposit and if the landlord is found at fault, which based on what you say, he will also be ordered to pay you not only the deposit but also 3 times that amount, go to shelter they will take on your case and take all evidence with you, just a word of warning if the council don't feel obliged to rehouse they have legal duty to notify social services that they won't rehouse therefore the social services will home your baby but not you until you secure accommodation. Get help sorted asap, also look on the landlord/tenant deposit protection scheme, also your tenancy is valid the council do have a duty to help.

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I do not know your full situation - but you can apply for a discretionary housing payment (DHP). Ask your landlord or alternatively you can download one from the internet. This will cover the shortfall in rent if you have a deserving case.

Hi im trying to find out if I can get help with the cost of school uniforms? I have a 5 yr old and a 3month old and live in central bedforrdshirre. The link I found did not wok. Also is there any help I can get with furrniture? I badly need a new sofa and carpets. I clain income support and child tax credit. Thanks forr any advice.

Walsall Crisis Support - link not available

Hi guys, I currently live in a small 2 bed house in a very rural area of Scotland with my 2 sons (5 and 3) and my pregnant fiancé. We are with a housing association currently but want to move to a 3 bedroom house for obvious reasons, I am on ESA as I had an accident a few years ago and damaged my spine. We want to move to the Selby area of North Yorkshire which is close to my family again for obvious reasons, the stumbling block is the local housing association don't have any 2 or 3 bed properties available and haven't done for some time and there's a long waiting list so we have to private as I'm on ESA we can't afford to pay a deposit and first months rent up front how do we find help with this would I be entitled to a budgeting loan to move from Scotland back to England or are we stuck here in this horrible situation where even if I could work, work is that scarce a move to England seems our only option to give our kids a better chance and IF (hopefully) my back starts to get better I can look for work far more optimistically then I do just now

Hi guys, I currently live in a small 2 bed house in a very rural area of Scotland with my 2 sons (5 and 3) and my pregnant fiancé. We are with a housing association currently but want to move to a 3 bedroom house for obvious reasons, I am on ESA as I had an accident a few years ago and damaged my spine. We want to move to the Selby area of North Yorkshire which is close to my family again for obvious reasons, the stumbling block is the local housing association don't have any 2 or 3 bed properties available and haven't done for some time and there's a long waiting list so we have to private as I'm on ESA we can't afford to pay a deposit and first months rent up front how do we find help with this would I be entitled to a budgeting loan to move from Scotland back to England or are we stuck here in this horrible situation where even if I could work, work is that scarce a move to England seems our only option to give our kids a better chance and IF (hopefully) my back starts to get better I can look for work far more optimistically then I do just now

hi everyone just stumbled across this page so maybe someone maybe able to help me i am in receipt of dla due to severe epilepsy and need to make a claim for my daughter who has mental behavioral problems will making a claim for her affect my benefits
any help will be much appreciated

I NEED TO GET NEW FURNITURE-A WASHER-FRIDGEFREEZER-NEW DIVAN BED&ORTHAPEDIC MATTRESS- AND A 2ND HAND MOBILITY SCOOTER-I ALSO NEED A FOOD PARCEL

Hi there iv been a council tenant now for over 10 years and lived at my current address for 6 years.i have 3 children 3,8,11. Last July i reported some repairs that needed doing in ny bathroom a few tiles had loosened and a leaky tap. The council were quick to come out. They removed all tiles. Replaced my bath. They said a test had to be done on the wall for asbestos so they couldn't carry on with work. They left my bathroom with a hole in one wall and exposing the outside wall. A few days later the test was carried out. He was unable to tell me the result and said souneone Will be in contact soon. Months passed by i then received some appointments through at start of december. Two workmen turnerd up then sat there for 2 hours waiting on a call. They then left still no work had been done. Received another letter 4 days starting 17!th dec but no one showed by this Time my bathroom had become damp and smelly also effecting my bedroom making my bed feel damp. After xmas my friend helped me complain emailed housihg and sent pictures. The housing officer came to see and was disgusted with the condition they left me in. She said the work Will be done in a few weeks.i heard nothing more until a few days before the work began another appointment letter . There was no info on the letter about moving or clearing my bed out my room and basically they showed up took my whole bathroom ceiling down and said they needed my bedroom cleared they said we returning at 4. No help no where to put any of my furniture .they came at 6 i saidno. The complaints team cameca few days later sacked the workers arranged forva new company to do job which is Tomo . I need to know if i would be entitled for some kind of Grant as i have no bedroom furniture now its all ruined iv never had any grants or loans iv been on benifits and a single mum for 6 years and can also could i claim some kind of compensation for the conditions iv lived in for nearly 7 months?

You could get a budgeting loan. you do have to repay the loan but you will not be charged any interest on the loan. https://www.gov.uk/budgeting-loans

I am having to sell my house due to debt I will however come out of it with some equity however I will not receive this until after the sale so my Wife & I will be homeless as we are both unemployed and don't have any capital in order to rent temporary accommodation until we receive our equity I just don't know who to turn to for help whatever money was loaned would be paid back immediately as soon as we received our equity. Can you help!!!

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