Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Local Welfare Provision

Overview

Please read the information below before making an application.


TO MAKE AN APPLICATION FOR LOCAL WELFARE PROVISION PLEASE CLICK HERE.

The Local Welfare Provision scheme seeks to assist vulnerable people who are in short term crisis, to meet their needs for food and essential items or to assist them to maintain their independence within the community. The scheme is not intended to replace the council’s statutory obligations, in any way.

Each application will be treated on an individual basis and the grant-based system will not require applicants to repay any awards made to them.

Before a grant is awarded the applicant will usually be required to demonstrate that their need cannot be met by another source. This may mean asking for help directly from other agencies or other parts of the council before continuing with an application.

The scheme is purely discretionary; a customer does not have a statutory right to an award and the amount that can be paid out by the scheme in any financial year will be determined by the amount of funding received from central government.

Once the scheme fund has been exhausted for the respective financial year, there will be no further awards.

PLEASE NOTE: Before a grant can be awarded, the applicant will be required to demonstrate that their need cannot be met by any other source. This may mean asking for help directly from other agencies or other parts of the council before continuing with an application. Details of where help has been sought should be included on the application form.

In order for a claim to be made quickly and accurately please read the essential information below before deciding to continue with your application.

Essential Information
  • Crisis grants may be awarded where you are able to demonstrate you are in crisis.

    A crisis is an unplanned disaster which has left you or your family with a need for food or essential items.

    The need for food or essential items will be met by providing you with a pre-paid card.

  • Once a Crisis Grant has been awarded a pre- paid card will be made available for you. We will then notify you where you need to go to collect your card and advise you what you will need to take with you.


  • Community Support Grants may be awarded where you are moving into Independent Living and need some assistance with purchasing essential white goods and furniture.

    White goods are items such as fridges or washing machines.

    Furniture includes items such as beds or sofas.

    These items will be delivered and installed at your address

  • The Local Welfare Provision scheme will look to allocate awards only when someone has exhausted other sources of help. You will therefore need to be able to demonstrate that you are unable to obtain support from any other source.


    The online application form will ask you to state what help you have asked for and from where, before continuing with your application.


    The application form might direct you to specific sources of help. You will be expected to explore this source before continuing with your application.




  • You can make an application to the Local Welfare Provision scheme by clicking here

    Please note that no cash payments will be made. You will only ever be granted with either:

    • a pre paid card; or
    • white goods; and/or
    • furniture
  • In partnership with a local fuel charity, this scheme will seek to help people experiencing problems paying their gas and or electricity bills.

    If you are awarded a grant, the amount awarded will depend on your circumstances,

    To apply for this help you must:

    • be able to demonstrate that you have approached your energy supplier and asked for help, before you complete an application form.
    • have a telephone number that you can be contacted on.

    Energy supplier links are displayed at the bottom of this page to assist you.

  • You will be able to return to a partially completed application using your application reference number and surname.

    If your details are entered incorrectly 3 times you will be locked out and will see the message:


    "Maximum number of access attempts exceeded. Please try later."

    If you do see this message you will not able to return to the application until one minute has passed and the correct details are entered.

Frequently Asked Questions
    • The discretionary award will be made based on your individual circumstances. You may want to consider other sources of help to top up any award that has been made to you.

      You are allowed to make two applications for assistance from the Local Welfare Provision scheme in any financial year. In special circumstances we may consider making further awards.

    • In certain circumstances you will be required to provide some evidence to support your application.

      The request for evidence will usually be around confirming your identity or your address. If further information or evidence is needed we will get in touch using the contact details you supply with your application.

    • Yes you can apply on behalf of someone else .

      The application form will ask you for your details and also the details of the person who you are applying for. If you are given other sources of help to explore you must do this before continuing the application.

    • Further sources of help can be found on this webpage or on other pages within the Birmingham City Council website.

Attachments
attached document Local Welfare Provision Policy
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