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

I'm wondering do u no what help I might be entitled 2,I live in wolverhampton west midlands & am currently claiming esa,iv just moved into a new flat & need stuff 4 it
Hello, Did you have any luck using our map (http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/news-views/our-blog/use-our-map-find-...)? It should allow you to search by your postcode for your local authority's assistance scheme. In addition, please contact the Citizens Advice Bureau. You can find the nearest office or their national helpline on their website: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ You might have already seen this on our website but if not, there are also these other sources of support:
  • Budgeting loans (https://www.gov.uk/budgeting-loans/overview) 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.
  • 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 (http://www.turn2us.org.uk/grants_search.aspx).
I hope that this is of assistance. Kind regards, Matt
01 March 2014 hi , i am single Gran-mum. and cannot access any benefits.struggling financialy.where can i get help pls
Hello, I'm sorry to hear that. Did you have any luck using our map (http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/news-views/our-blog/use-our-map-find-...)? It should allow you to search by your postcode for your local authority's assistance scheme. In addition, please contact the Citizens Advice Bureau. You can find the nearest office or their national helpline on their website: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ You might have already seen this on our website but if not, there are also these other sources of support: * Budgeting loans (https://www.gov.uk/budgeting-loans/overview) 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. * 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 (http://www.turn2us.org.uk/grants_search.aspx). I hope that this is of assistance. Kind regards, Matt
Hi iv just got my own flat in cleator moor and cant aford any carpet can i get any help with carpet and have no oven pr fridge freezer
Hi, my daughter has just moved back in with me but was turned down for the benefits as the mother lied and still claim, been told my appeal could take up to 5months, so me and daughter are living on my jsa which £50 of that goes on bedroom tax, crisis loan would have helped a little but the appeal being a lot faster would help even more, any ideas?
hello,i am 18 & expecting a baby 20/1/14 & live in private rented accommodation.children are not allowed & I was given notice-the council will not treat me as homeless because the landlord didn,t put my deposit in a "bond"therefore my notice is not valid-I have to rent privately & have applied for a budgeting loan for rent in advance & furniture as my present flat is furnished-they have told me that the max.i can get as stated by the government is £348 which will not even cover my advance rent-can I get more help please.
Hello Georgia, If you haven't already contacted your local authority (you should be able to find their contact information by searching the map by postcode), they may be able to provide assistance. Also, please contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau office. They should be able to help and provide advice: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ I hope that this helps. Kind regards, Matt
hi , i am single mum.and cannot access any benefits.struggling financialy.where can i get help
Hi, I'm sorry to hear of the difficulties you're having. I have two suggestions: 1. If you haven't searched our map by postcode, please do - it should lead you towards an assistance scheme in your local authority. 2. Please contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau office. There is a search tool on their home page that can point you towards your local office: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ I hope these are useful. Kind regards, Matt

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