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Please note: The Government has announced further grants will be made available for councils to use to continue the Household Support Fund. Further details will appear here when they are available.
Claims for assistance are still being accepted under the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme. You can find out if you may be entitled and make a claim below.
Please see our policy (word) for more information about the LWA scheme.
LWA is money made available by the Council to help you if you or your family are in such severe financial hardship that you cannot afford basic essentials, especially if there is a risk to health or safety.
The funding available is strictly limited so payments will be limited to the minimum amount necessary to alleviate the hardship.
The money available under the LWA has been increased using part of a grant provided by the Department for Works and Pensions under the Household Support Fund. This means that we have temporarily relaxed some of the restrictions regarding when we are able to make awards.
Types of assistance we can provide include:
The Council has made some awards under the Household Support Fund to people who are entitled to Council Tax Support and are in particular need without an application being required. If you are entitled to one of these awards you will receive notification through email or by post in late January or early February. All awards will have to be redeemed via the Post Office within two weeks. If they are not redeemed within this time the payment will be cancelled.
You will have to provide the Post Office with one or more of your utility bills and proof of identification.
You can still make an application under the LWA scheme if you need extra help even if you have received one of these awards.
We may be able to help if you:
We cannot help you if:
Full details can be found in the Council’s LWA policy and a link will appear here when it has been agreed.
Applications must be made electronically. If you have problems using a computer for health or disability reasons or do not have access to a computer, you can either
You will have to provide evidence of your identity in support of your claim and, depending on your specific circumstances we may ask you to provide other evidence such as payslips and bank account details.
We will deal with your claim as quickly as possible but will give priority to very urgent cases such as those from people with an immediate need for help with food.
If you need to provide evidence in support of your claim, the quickest way to do so is to use our evidence upload form.
We will give you the result of your application and make arrangements to provide you with the help you requested. If you are not successful, we will let you know why and try to suggest some other sources of help or advice.
You can challenge any decision made except one where a decision has been made to meet an application in full.
You must challenge the decision within 14 days of the date of the decision by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email should include the term “LWA Challenge” together with your claim reference number in the subject line.
The body of the email should;