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:
To be eligible for Local Welfare Provision you must:
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