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


Thank you
Newham Council seem to have moved or taken down their link too! I'm about to search their website for community_and_crisis_support; wish me success. Anna
Hi Anna, That's good to know. We're checking into this, too, and will update the map with the new link. Thanks for letting us know! Kind regards, Matt
Hi Anna, Here's the link: The map is updated, as well. Again, thanks for pointing this out. Kind regards, Matt
Wigan Council have taken the link down and I can't seem to be able to find anything on their website. Can anyone help me ? Thank you
Hi, Thank you for letting us know about this. We've updated our map to contain the new page on the Wigan council website: Kind regards, Matt
hi im 26 and have a 5 year old daughter i was recently made homeless and redundant and i had no where to store anything so i have lost all of my furniture. i have just been offered somewhere to live and am now claiming j.s.a. my new home has no oven and i dont have a microwave i don't even have a bed for myself, does anyone know where i can get help towards an oven and a bed until i can get some funds together. i cant claim for a budgeting loan as i have only been on J.S.A for 8 weeks. thanks for any advice
Hi, Were you able to find a link by using the postcode search on our map? I mention that just because your local authority might be able to help. Also, please try your local Citizens Advice Bureau. You can search by postcode on the homepage of their website, I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that your situation sounds difficult - I hope that the resources above help you to find assistance. Matt
Hi there, i was wondering if you could help me find out where to get help in Exeter. We are a family of four moving from a 1 bed flat to a 3 bed house and need some help with the cost of carpets. I have searched online but can't seem to find anything online.
Hi Kelly, Thanks for your question. Have you contacted your local authority - I believe Devon is your local authority in Exeter - and asked them about their local assistance schemes? You can find their contact information on their website: Also, we list a couple of other types of assistance higher on this page (budgeting loans and the Turn2Us website). You can also try your local Citizens Advice Bureau, searching by postcode on the homepage of their website, I hope that you're able to find assistance. Kind regards, Matt

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