Daily living expenses
We can consider awards for food, gas, electric or any other essential daily costs but only where you are normally responsible for paying for them. If food is awarded it will be in the form of a food parcel from a local food bank.
Rent in advance
If you are receiving Housing Benefit or Universal Credit Housing Costs you should apply for Discretionary Housing Payments to help with rent in advance instead of Crisis Support.
You must be homeless, threatened with homelessness or have an essential need to move. Awards can only be made where the new rent is no more than 10% above your Local Housing Allowance rate (LHA).
The maximum award will be one months rent in advance. If your landlord wants you to pay more, you would have to pay the difference.
Help with deposits
Crisis Support does not pay for cash deposits. The Council operates a Deposit Bond Scheme instead. If you need help with a deposit as well as rent in advance you can let us know on the Crisis Support application and the Crisis Support Team will refer your case to the Bond Scheme Officer. Please see our Bond Scheme for further information.
Grants are not repayable