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Local Welfare Assistance Schemes
Local Welfare Assistance Schemes (LWAS) replaced the Community Care grants and crisis loans for living expenses in 2013.
These schemes are designed to help people who are in urgent need following an emergency or unforeseen event.
The Child Poverty Action Group has created a new free search facility for LWAS by postcode for England and Scotland providing a one stop resource for anyone in crisis or in need of emergency help.
Just enter the postcode in the search box or alternatively use the A-z of Local Welfare Schemes.
Mental Health and Debt Guide
A free downloadable guide produced by MoneySavingExpert.com supported by Mind, Rethink, CAPUK and others, for people with mental health problems and those caring for them.
It provides tips on how to cut your debt using real life case studies to show how to excape from debt and work with banks. The guide covers your rights and protections and whether to declare your condition.
Transition and Family Finance
Working Families have produced a booklet "From Child to Adult: A guide to disability, transition and family finance".
It outlines what the young person and their family are entitled to and how this may change during the transition period of 16,17,18 or 19 years. A "Better Off" calculation is included to help you decide on the best options for your family.
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