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Emergency Information - Local Welfare Assistance

Find out what help there is available in emergencies and urgent situations.

Local Welfare Assistance

Am I eligible?

If you are on a low income or receiving certain benefits, and there is a scheme in your area, you could apply for help from your council in emergencies.  

Most schemes allow you to apply if you are claiming one of these benefits:
•    Universal Credit
•    Pension Credit
•    Income Support
•    Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
•    Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

What can I get?

It is up to your local council whether they provide Local Welfare Assistance and each council may have different rules.

Even if you are eligible to apply, you may not be given a payment. You may get help with essentials but you can’t usually get cash.

You could get vouchers to pay for food, fuel or clothing.  You could get bigger basic living items like beds, cookers and fridges. 

How do I apply?

Not all councils have a Local Welfare Assistance scheme.  Check with your local council  to see if they have a scheme.

Northern Ireland
You can apply for a Discretionary Support loan or grant.  You can find out more about Discretionary Support on the NI direct website page about Finance Support.  

You can apply for a Community Care Grant or a Crisis Grant from your local council.  The money comes from the Scottish Welfare Fund, which you can read about in our Scottish Welfare Fund guide.

You can apply for an Individual Assistance Payment or an Emergency Assistance Payment.  The money comes from the Discretionary Assistance Fund, which you can read about in our Discretionary Assistance Fund guide

Last updated: January 2018

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