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Local support scheme

How to get the support you need in an emergency, if you are at risk and cannot support yourself financially. This Scheme will end on 31 March 2021.
Issues with Benefits online service

We are experiencing issues with our online service for housing benefit and council tax reduction which may mean that you cannot access your account later in the day. Please keep trying, ideally earlier in the day, whilst we investigate.

Emergency loans

This is a repayable sum that gives short-term financial support if you need money urgently because of a crisis situation, disaster or other emergency.

Starting Work Award

The Starting Work Award (SWA) is an award for people on benefits who are returning to full-time work.