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 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.

 

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Note

This page has been updated since its original publication date.

By Sam Royston - Policy Adviser
Sam Royston
- Policy team

Comments

The Lambeth link directs you to the Cabinet report, but there's some more recent info at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/AdviceBenefits/Benefits/CurrentBenefi... The Sutton link directs you to a specific link about the application process, but https://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17313 may be more useful
Hi Deborah, We appreciate your messages. The new links are now live. Thanks, Matt
The link for Croydon is http://www.croydon.gov.uk/advice/benefits/welfare-benefits/CDS The link for City of London (whose scheme is managed by Lambeth Council) is http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/families-children-and-young-peop...
Hi, I am on a low income and have fallen behind with payments for council tax and now had a visit from the bailiff what help am i entitled to I live in Bradford
Hello, If you need emergency help, you may want to have a look here: http://www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/advice_benefits_and_council_tax/benefits... However, it sounds like it would be a good idea to seek some free, independent advice to help with the underlying issue. You may want to approach your local Citizens Advice Bureau for help. I hope that one - or both - of these options are useful for you. Kind regards, Matt
Hi, the NELincs link reports page not found
Hi Stace, Thanks for your comment. Please try this link: https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/resident/benefits/changes-to-benefits-from-ap... Kind regards, Matt
...the map is updated, too!
hi im having to move home due to my disability and am in need of help with removal costs and bits for my new home, but have been told they no longer help . I am currently living in farningham kent and am moving to littlehampton in west sussex as this property is closer to family and is disability adaptable. How can i do this without time to save to get enough to do what i need to do. can you help with anything please.
Hi, Let me do some checking - I'll be in touch with news of what information I can find. Kind regards, Matt

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