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Helping families in crisis get the money they need

For some families, a broken washing machine or an unforeseen bill can be a disaster. Local Welfare Assistance schemes provide financial support to people with nowhere else to turn. These council-run schemes allow people to access emergency support in a fast and dignified way. But with no long-term plans for funding, councils are unable to make provisions to help the families that need it most. 

About this campaign

Since March 2020, thanks to our supporters, we have helped to secure nearly £3bn in funding - helping families in crisis keep the bills paid, heating on and food on the table. But these funds come with a deadline.

Councils must use this funding by next Spring and there are currently no Government plans for long-term support. This is the fourth short-term extension this year.

This funding is welcome but it doesn't tell the full story.

Facts and figures

14.3 million

people do not have access to crisis support in the UK


Local Authorities do not have a functioning Local Welfare Assistance Scheme

£1 billion

is needed annually to fund long-term crisis support

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Councils face unprecedented pressure in the wake of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis. Without proper funding and guidance, they are unable to allocate funds to where they are needed most. 

As more and more families are being forced to make tough choices, we need to call on the Government to fix and fund Local Welfare Assistance schemes long-term.  

No parent should have to choose between feeding their child and paying the electricity bill. 

What you can do now

We’ve handed in our petition calling on the government to better support families in crisis but you can still sign up to find out what actions you can take to change children's lives.

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