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.

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 that this is a cut too far for vulnerable families.  Take action now to protect the line of defence for children

 

Note

This page has been updated since its original publication date.

By Sam Royston - Policy team

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