Welfare in Warwickshire
The Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme distributes help to the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis.
The scheme has two strands; immediate need and planned need. It supports eligible Warwickshire residents when they have no other means of help and are in a situation that poses a serious risk to the health and safety of them or their immediate family.
It is not a cash benefit. It provides the most basic and essential help – food and energy. This is provided either in emergency food parcels with three days supplies or with credit for energy.
Who is eligible?
Applicants need to be legally resident in the UK and satisfy Warwickshire County Council that:
- They are aged 16 or over
- Have no other access to funds or sufficient resources to pay for food or heat
- Their situation poses a serious health or safety risk to themselves or their immediate family
- They have been a resident of Warwickshire for the last six months, or three of the last five years
- Or, in the case of members of the armed forces, if they do not meet residency criteria, they should demonstrate a strong connection to Warwickshire
Who is not eligible?
- Someone in hospital or a care home unless their discharge is imminent
- Someone subject to immigration control by virtue of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- Applicants or their immediate family who have received three awards for food, or two awards for energy, household goods or clothing, within a 12 month period
- Prisoners and people lawfully detained
- Someone from abroad who fails or would fail the habitual residence test for the purpose of welfare benefits
The scheme also provides help to those whose needs are more long term and who are vulnerable through an ongoing set of circumstances rather than an immediate crisis. This is known as planned need.
Typically, this includes care leavers, victims of domestic violence, former armed forces personnel or those resettling in a community after a custodial term.
Planned help might take the form of help in furnishing accommodation with basic furniture and appliances. Preventative measures look to address problems at source and tackle them before they happen. One-off grants are available for organisations to offer training in life skills – cooking, finance or ICT, for example – to vulnerable people.
The Local Welfare Scheme will also point customers in the direction of other agencies and organisations who can offer help and support.
If you think that you, or someone that you are helping, meet the criteria for help under the Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme, call one of the trained advisors.
They will ask questions about your circumstances that must be answered honestly.
If you qualify for assistance under the scheme, you will be able to collect vouchers or food parcels from one of the scheme’s partners in your area.
Warwickshire residents can apply by:
phoning 0800 4081448 – charges from mobiles may vary dependent on your network.
phoning 01926 359182
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your telephone number and we will call you back.