A new scheme is in place to support people that need emergency help during a crisis or to live independently after being cared for in residential care.
Due to changes in the welfare reform, elements of the Social Fund scheme have been transferred from the Department for Work and Pensions to local authorities.
A new scheme ‘Staffordshire’s Local Crisis Support Scheme’, which is managed by Staffordshire County Council, is now in place as a way for you to access funding if you are experiencing extreme hardship or are in a crisis situation.
The scheme provides food, clothing, furniture or assistance with fuel direct from one of a group of specially selected organisations. Cash payments are not given.
This means that anyone who receives support does not have to worry about sourcing what they need themselves, or be concerned about the quality of the goods or services they receive.
This is backed up by the reassurance that these organisations have been selected following a thorough selection process to guarantee quality and customer service. And because all of the organisations used are locally based, the new approach will help to better use local voluntary and community organisations which are currently being under used in the county.
Critically, the process of applying will be as quick – general goods will be delivered within three days of approval (these will be high-quality, safe second hand goods wherever possible) and food will be delivered within twelve hours. In addition, people will not be expected to pay back what they receive.
Anyone wishing to apply to the scheme can ring specifically trained advisors on: 0300 111 8008.