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Local Welfare Assistance Fund

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Are you in severe financial crisis?

The Local Welfare Assistance Fund may be able to help you

The government has made many changes to benefits recently and this may mean you face financial difficulty. Because of this Bournemouth Borough Council has set up the Local Welfare Assistance Fund to help residents who may be experiencing financial difficulty.

 

What does this mean to you?

Bournemouth Borough Council may be able to help:

Answer:

Please contact the Council’s Housing Options Team. Email them| or give them a call on 01202 451467 to book an appointment. If you’re unsure about how they can help, visit the housing section for further information.

The main thing to remember is to ACT EARLY and ACT QUICKLY. If you can give us as much accurate information as you can we’ll have more chance of helping you. Please contact the Housing Options Team as a priority. The team will support you and, if you’re eligible, you could receive financial help towards a deposit for your rent.

Answer:

You may be eligible through the Local Welfare Assistance Fund for help. The quickest (and easiest) way to apply is to do it online. In addition to providing financial help we can offer you advice and information about other forms of support, such as money management advice and budgeting information.

Apply as soon as possible and the fund may be able to arrange for household items or services to be provided or you’ll receive a pre-paid card or voucher to use. Alternatively you should contact the Bournemouth Citizen’s Advice Bureau| for further help, call them on 08444 111444 or read their section for more information.

Answer:

You may be eligible through the Local Welfare Assistance Fund for help. The quickest (and easiest) way to apply is to do it online. In addition to providing financial help we can offer you advice and information about other forms of support, such as money management advice and budgeting information.

Apply as soon as possible and the fund may be able to arrange for household items or services to be provided, or you’ll receive a pre-paid card. The fund can help towards:

  • Buying food
  • Paying for heating and/or lighting
  • Buying household items essential to basic living (such as a fridge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternatively you should contact the Bournemouth Citizen’s Advice Bureau| for further help, call them on 08444 111444 or visit their section for more information. In addition, you could contact the Council’s Family Solutions Team| for further help if you’re experiencing family difficulties. Call 01202 456900 or read their section for more information.

 

How can we help

We can put you in touch with local organisations we work with and who can provide direct advice to you. The advice these organisations can offer includes money management and debt advice and is FREE, impartial and confidential. We may also be able to help you access financial support from the Local Welfare Assistance Fund if your crisis meets Bournemouth Borough Council criteria for financial help.

You may also be able to get help with paying your Council Tax or Rent|.

If you are homeless or at risk of being homeless you may be able to get help from the Housing Team| or by telephoning 01202 451467.

 

The criteria for help (are you eligible)?

You may be eligible for financial help from the Local Welfare Assistance Fund if you have a local connection with Bournemouth (i.e. you live in Bournemouth permanently or have a close family member that lives in Bournemouth), you’re aged 16 or over, you’re on a low income, you don’t have savings of more than £500 or you don’t have access to any other forms of assistance. We assess on the urgency and need of the situation, we also consider whether there is any other assistance you may be eligible for. Learn more...|

 

Once you know you’re eligible, what support is there?

  • Providing a weeks worth of meals

  • Paying for lighting and/or heating

  • Essential personal toiletries

  • Essential baby child toiletries including nappies

  • Buying household items essential to basic living (such as a fridge or cooker)

  • Clothing

  • Duvets, pillows and bedding

 

How to apply

In order for you to complete an application we will need the full names, dates of birth and National Insurance Numbers of every adult on the application. Please ensure you have these prior to applying.

We will also need the full name and contact details of your landlord or letting agents if applicable. 

Any applications made from 16th June 2014 for fresh items of food will be processed in a new way. Any successful applicants will receive fresh items of food via a delivery. This means that the fund will no longer be supplying cash awards for either energy or fresh food.

 

Unfortunately due to technical issues applications may take up to 4 working days to be processed.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

 

Apply online |

The application form is not available between 04:00 and 07:00 (Monday to Friday).

 

After you’ve applied

We’ll advise you about what happens next once you’ve completed your application. For crises we aim to respond the next working day.

Related Information

 

Postal Address Local Welfare Assistance Fund,
St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset
BH2 6EB
Telephone 01202 451266
Minicom 01202 454974
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