The Government has abolished Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans for Living Expenses.
People who require emergency support (budgeting loans and short term budgeting advances), should contact the DWP on 0845 608 8590 for initial help.
If the DWP cannot provide support, people who require emergency help can call Leeds City Council to ask for help.
Leeds City Council has set up a Local Welfare Support Scheme to support people who require emergency assistance. This scheme will be based on providing basic household goods and emergency provision. Please note, the scheme will not have cash payments as part of the options for support.
The Local Welfare Support Scheme is to help the most vulnerable people in Leeds. It is not a general fund available for all. Other available sources of assistance will be considered before any award is made from the scheme. People who are perceived to be vulnerable include the following:
• Families or vulnerable people under exceptional pressure.
• Homeless people or rough sleepers.
• Vulnerable older people.
• People fleeing domestic violence.
• Young people leaving care or living independently.
• People moving out of institutional or residential care into the community.
• Ex-offenders leaving prison or detention centres.
• People with disabilities.
This list is not exhaustive and provision is subject to the availability of funding.
The key rule for the use of the scheme is that claimants must be faced with ‘exceptional’ circumstances to be considered for support.
There will be some applications that if completed by support/advice worker, will automatically be accepted as a priority.
These cases will be deemed to have the highest priority to receive support from the Local Welfare Support Scheme. These are claims supported by:
• Housing Options: Homeless people who have obtained a tenancy.
• Mental Health/Learning Disability Housing Support Workers: People with mental health problems or a learning disability who are moving into independent living.
• Families First: Families under exceptional pressure and where children are at risk.
• Leeds City Council Domestic Violence Team: People fleeing domestic violence.
Applications to the scheme should be made by a support/advice worker to improve the customers chance of success. Customers can however access the scheme themselves on 0113 376 0330.