Local Welfare Provision

What is the Local Welfare Provision?

The Local Welfare Provision scheme is designed to help vulnerable people in our district in times of emergency or crisis.

No cash payments will be given and awards will only be made to people who live in the Wakefield District.

Local Welfare Provision is a limited fund of money and aims to:

  • Meet short term emergency or immediate support needs of vulnerable people in the Wakefield district
  • Assist vulnerable people to establish or maintain a home in the community 

The scheme aims to help vulnerable Wakefield residents who, at times of crisis or emergency:

  • Are unable to provide for themselves and need help to prevent serious damage to risk to health and safety of the person or their family
  • Need help to maintain their independence within the community
  • Need help to establish or maintain a home in the community
  • Need help to provide for themselves

The scheme will provide and target assistance to those identified as most in need. This may include: 

  • Families under exceptional pressure
  • Homeless people or rough sleepers
  • Families under exceptional pressure
  • Vulnerable older people
  • People fleeing domestic violence
  • Young people leaving care
  • People moving out of institutional or residential care
  • Ex-offenders leaving prison or detention centres
  • Chronically or terminally ill people
  • People with alcohol or drug issues
  • People with learning difficulties 

To be eligible for Local Welfare Provision you must: 

  • Live in the Wakefield area
  • Be eligible for or receive Council Tax Support
  • Require immediate support to meet an urgent need that poses a serious risk to the health and safety of themselves or an immediate household member
  • Be in a vulnerable situation and need help to live independently in the community
  • Be able to demonstrate that they have no other resources or alternative way of meeting this need. 

Making a decision

Local Welfare is an emergency provision and a limited fund of money; therefore, approaching us for help should be a last resort. Before contacting us you should ensure you have considered all options available to you.

We will ask you some questions about your circumstances, what help you might need and what steps you have taken before asking us, for example:

  • getting a budgeting loan from the Job Centre Plus
  • getting a hardship payment from the Job Centre Plus

If appropriate we will also discuss the following with you:

  • asking family and friends for help
  • maximising your income
  • Reducing your outgoings  

How to apply

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A member of the team will call you, usually within 1 working day.

Alternatively, call 0345 8 506 506

Our office is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm. Outside these hours you can leave a message with the Council's Contact Centre who will take all your details and pass them on to us.

What will I need to send you?

We will ask you to provide your last month's bank statement to show what your balance is, and we will ask you questions about how you are spending your money and take into account expenditure that you have a choice about. We will also ask you to provide current meter readings for fuel assistance.

How soon will you make a decision?

Wherever possible, we expect to make a decision within 5 working days or sooner if very urgent.

What if my application is refused?

If your application is refused and you disagree with the decision we can look at it again but Local Welfare Provision is discretionary and there is no right of appeal.

If Local Welfare Provision is unable to help you, we will provide you with details of other organisations that may be able to help.

If you live in the Wakefield District and receive Housing Benefit and need further help meeting housing costs, or require one-off help with moving costs, please see Discretionary Housing Payments

Contact us

Customer Services

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700

0345 8 506 506