Local support payments are emergency funds provided by the Local Authority due to an emergency or crisis or to help remain or settle into a community. This is part of a national government initiative to hand over the responsibility of crisis loans to Local Authorities and organisations.

The payments are not usually in the form of money but instead are good quality, second hand furniture or white goods (for example, refrigerators or washing machines) or store vouchers.

To claim you have to show you have limited savings and be receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance, maximum Universal Credit (where the latest award has not been reduced by earnings or other income).