The Local Welfare Scheme provides residents with Crisis Payments and Community Support awards. These are emergency payments for people in severe financial hardship.
This is a cash limited scheme which means that we cannot help everyone who applies. The scheme is funded by Camden Council.
Who can apply?
If you are in severe financial hardship and need an emergency payment to pay utility bills or buy food, you can apply for help.
Apply for Local Welfare Assistance Scheme
You won't normally be paid an award if you receive a welfare benefit, such as Universal Credit, ESA, JSA, IS and Tax Credits.
If you have a Support Worker from Camden Floating Support Service, a Welfare Rights or Debt Advisor assisting you from the council's Welfare Rights Teams, they can make an application on your behalf. They will discuss this with you. You must meet the eligibility criteria to receive a payment.
The Local Welfare Assistance Scheme (PDF) policy contains further information about the scheme and the eligibility criteria.
An award is a one off payment to cover an emergency situation - usually only about £50.
An award will not be made to cover rent or debts, or to replace white goods and furniture.
The operation of the scheme is at the Council's discretion. There is no automatic right to an award.
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