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Help in a crisis

Local welfare provision providing support to people in crisis

The local welfare provision scheme provides critical short-term help and assistance with limited one-off household goods.

There are two different ways to get help through the Local Welfare Provision (LWP) scheme:

1. Crisis support

If you need critical short-term help.

We may be able to help if you or close family members are going through a personal financial crisis and have no funds or other means of getting help anywhere else. Examples of a crisis situation may be where you have no food and no means of getting any, or no electric or gas (key meter only) and no means of getting any.

2. Household Support

If you need help to establish or maintain independent living in the community (this will be in the form of limited one-off household goods).

We may be able to help you live an independent life and remain or become integrated within the community by providing some household items. This will be dependent upon your circumstances. For example, if you are moving from temporary accommodation or leaving prison or care. 

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To apply for crisis support or household support, download our Local Welfare Provision crisis support form (right) or call us on 0300 456 0110.

Please note: From 30 May 2017, Local Welfare Provision (LWP) applications can only be accepted in person and by telephone from 9am to 1pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 1pm to 4pm on a Wednesday. 

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If you are waiting to hear about an application for benefit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), you may get help with a budgeting loan or advance. You can only apply for a budgeting loan if you have been in receipt of certain benefits for more than 26 weeks. To apply or receive further information, you will need to contact the DWP directly.

Please note: other councils may not operate a local welfare provision scheme, or they may operate a scheme that could be either similar or different to that of Wiltshire Council. From 30 May 2017, Local Welfare Provision (LWP) applications can only be accepted in person and by telephone from 9am to 1pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 1pm to 4pm on a Wednesday.

For further help and advice, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau, or the DWP.

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Last updated: 15 May 2017 | Last reviewed: 15 May 2017