If your income is low, it can be hard to meet unexpected essential costs. You might be eligible to get help with some of these expenses from your local council, the government’s Social Fund or a charity grant. 

This factsheet explains some of the options, who might qualify, and how to apply. It also outlines some of the extra help that may be available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. For the latest information, please check our changes to services page.