Local Welfare Assistance

The Local Welfare Assistance Scheme helps people who are in financial crisis due to an emergency or other unexpected circumstances.  

It can provide:

  • food from foodbanks
  • electric or gas credit directly onto utility meters for those who are eligible - meter credit must be repaid via a South Yorkshire Credit Union account
  • household items for people setting up a new home after a period of living in an institutional setting, or following an unforeseen, unfortunate event

Local Welfare Assistance is a discretionary scheme for people with no alternative support or assistance available to meet their need.

Who can apply

To be considered for assistance you must be:

  • living in Barnsley and be a tenant, joint tenant or owner occupier of the address where you live
  • legally resident in the UK
  • aged 16 or over and not in full time education
  • on a low household income or in receipt of one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Job Seekers Allowance
    • Employment Support Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Pension Credit

How to apply

You can use our online form to apply for help from the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme.