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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.

Get support in a crisis or an emergency

Our local support scheme is designed to ensure that, in a crisis or an emergency, those residents who are most at risk and least financially able to help themselves receive access to the support they need.

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.

Support grants

Support grants of up to £1,000 give short-term support to people looking to stay in or return to their community.

Starting Work Award

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