map of the UK with differently coloured areas that indicate unique schemes

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

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 from 1 April 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 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.


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This page has been updated since its original publication date.

By Sam Royston - Policy Adviser
Sam Royston
- Policy team


Hi, I'm sorry to hear about your difficult situation. Let me do some checking and I'll let you know what I'm able to find. Kind regards, Matt
All that info are perfect for first time users. If you took any help from councill then for next 2 YEARS you can forget about any form of assistance. I recieve 42 quid for 2 years toward help for myslef and my father who had cancer with massive spread all over his system. That is general joke.
Hi, I'm sorry to hear you are struggling to get the support that you need. Our report on local welfare assistance schemes that accompanies this map found that many (though by no means all) local authorities now have strict limits on repeat applications for assistance. You may want to explore your entitlement to other forms of support that may be available by contacting a free and independent advice provider like the Citizens Advice Bureau. I hope this is helpful. Matt
How do I find what's available in Wales?
Hi, Information about Wales is available by clicking on Wales on our map or by clicking this link: Kind regards, Matt
So one of the area's with one of the highest level of deprivation Thornaby, Stockton on Tees (which is just outside Middlesbrough) is not included, does this mean there are no provisions in our region? How would I find out if there are please? Local council? cheers jacqui
Hi Jacqui, Thanks for your question. I searched for the postcode 'TS17 0AS' on the map and received this link in response: The link leads to a page that addresses the relevant schemes - crisis support and settlement support - in Stockton-on-Tees. I hope that's what you're looking for but please send word if it's not. Kind regards, Matt
Thank you for sharing this tool.
Thanks for your message - we're happy to hear the tool is useful. Matt
Hi the link for Barnsley is broken, it should be please update the map.

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