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Help in a short-term crisis

Birmingham’s Local Welfare Provision (LWP) scheme helps vulnerable people in short-term crisis with food and essential items. It is grant-based, which means people who receive help from it will not have to repay anything. It is not intended to replace the council’s statutory duties.

The scheme is funded on an annual basis and once the fund has been exhausted for that financial year, there will be no further awards.

The scheme is purely discretionary and people have no statutory right to an award.

For more details on how the scheme is operated, look at the Local Welfare Provision policy.

Birmingham City Council is undertaking a consultation on a proposal to reduce the available budget for Local Welfare Provision payments from April 2018.

The Council’s Benefit Service administers the Local Welfare Provision payments that enable the Council to provide financial support for vulnerable people in the city who find themselves in financial crisis. 

Please find the consultation for Local Welfare Provision on the Be Heard website.