Families or individuals that are local to Southampton City can get financial help for their bills from the government backed welfare scheme. The council, and charities, combine grants as well as interest free loans from the council. The funds can help pay fuel bills, pay for food, clothes for work or other emergency expenses, and the aid is combined with central government funds from Universal Credit, Budgeting Loans, and other welfare schemes.
There is a Welfare Information Line set up by the City. This is the main number to ring to learn about all of the schemes in the area. A customer support team will direct callers to the financial assistance programmes. Whether it is a bond to pay for the rent deposit, free food vouchers, or help in applying for Universal Credit, information is provided.
Types of financial assistance in Southampton City
Welfare includes local charities and churches too. City Mission is one of them. This charity runs the Benefit Bank in partnership with other organizations. The Mission provides free clothes as well as food to the poor, homeless, and vulnerable. The aim is to provide forms of help that the government does not offer. Continue reading on City Mission in Southampton.
When it comes to paying for living expenses, including rent, energy bills, or transportation, this is where the Southampton City emergency welfare scheme is used. The authorities partner with churches on this programme. The council may be able to provide their own vouchers for a parcel of food or help a family on a low income apply for other aid, such as heating bill assistance from Warm Home Discount Scheme, but most of it is central government run. That includes Budgeting Loans as well as Benefit Advances among other types of financial aid.
When it comes to direct council support, they offer loans for paying bills as part of their emergency welfare scheme. There are churches local to Southampton City that provide this form of financial help. Note most of the support is for housing, namely rent deposits. They include Methodist Tudor, United Reformed Church, and others. While the churches offer the loans for paying for everything from deposits to utility bills, all of the referrals need to go through the city council. The city council provides limited grants to the churches so they can offer their loans to the needy. The intake number is 023 8090 4529.
UK Central government programmes are also available to the low income. All individuals in the UK, if they are on benefits or vulnerable, may apply. There are a few different schemes that may provide financial aid, free items, vouchers, and more. They include the following.
- Universal Credit – The low income and poor in the city will transition to this welfare scheme for paying all their living expenses. It replaces other benefits.
- Budgeting Loans – Applications for interest free loans are made at the Southampton City Jobcentre Plus, and the money can pay for clothes, energy bills, furniture, fridges, and other needs.
- Local Housing Allowance – It is an income based rent assistance programme that pays for a portion of housing costs for council homes.
- Southampton City Hardship Payments – This government scheme is for people whose benefits have been suspended or ended. It will fill the gap and allow them to pay for bills during the suspension.
There may other forms of financial help available from both emergency welfare and charities. For linkage to the programmes in the city (as well as country) rung the Welfare Information Line. The number is 023 8001 0883.