If you need immediate financial help, you may be entitled to emergency support from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or us.
Short Term Advances
This is an application to have an advance on your benefits, this may be when you have made a new claim and encounter a period of financial need. A short term advance will then be claimed back from your future benefits.
To make a claim you can call 0845 608 8545
You could get a budgeting loan to help pay for essential things such as -
- hire purchase debts.
These are one off payments and the smallest amount you can borrow is £100.
Budgeting loans are interest free so you only pay back what you borrow. You normally have to repay the loan within 104 weeks.
Hardship payments are administered by the DWP and are reduced payments of Job seekers Allowance (income based) that are made to vulnerable people who have not followed the normal qualifying rules.
You can also call 0800 169 0190
If you have tried to apply to DWP for the above you can apply for one of the following.
Community Crisis Loans
Community Crisis Loans (CCL) are part of our local assistance scheme. CCLs are intended for applicants who are unable to meet their immediate short term needs either in a crisis in relation to some expenses or as a consequence of a disaster. For more information and how to apply visit our page.
Community Support Grant
Community Support Grants (CSG) are part of the local assistance scheme. CSGs are intended to help vulnerable applicants live as independent a life as possible in the community. They can provide financial assistance for items such as -
- furniture or furnishings
- minor repairs and redecoration
- white goods
- certain traveling expenses
Food banks and parcels
If you are in need of food there are a number of services that may be able to assist you.
Hull Food bank
To access Hull Food bank a voucher must be obtained from Citizens Advice first, between 9am and 12 noon. You will be assessed by an advisor and you are not guaranteed a food parcel or voucher.
The Salvation Army can provide you support with food parcels, a hot meal and clothing. The Wilson Centre may be able to provide you with a letter of referral. Food parcels and hot meals are limited and a possession of a referral letter does not guarantee assistance.
A letter of referral is required to request a food parcel. Open doors provide support for the below -
- asylum seekers
- migrant workers
Open Doors hold a weekly drop in session every Thursday between 10am and 2pm, or you can call 01482 342 567.
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross can help people in crisis in a number of different ways.
Citizens Advice can give you general advice if you need immediate help. Citizens Advice can provide you with information on the following -
- family law
Help Through Crisis is a Citizens Advice project which aims to help vulnerable people who are facing a hardship crisis, such as a financial crisis or needing advice to solve a problem on benefits and housing.
To make a referral or find out more, email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Discretionary Housing Payment
Discretionary Housing Payments help people who need extra help with their rent when Housing Benefit or the housing cost element of Universal Credit does not meet the full value of their rent (or to secure a tenancy). If you are suffering severe financial hardship as a result, or your tenancy is at risk you may be able to get a discretionary payment to help towards these payments.
Free School Meals
You may be able to claim free school meals for primary and secondary schools.