Support in a crisis or times of hardship
Sometimes families and individuals need help and advice about making their money go further or help to move on from a difficult situation. We recognise the value of a local assistance scheme in helping families cope with money and debts to become financially resilient.
Unexpected financial difficulties
Cambridgeshire’s Local Assistance Scheme (CLAS) provides a front line safety net to those individuals and families facing unexpected financial difficulties and hardship. The scheme provides information, advice and discretionary assistance that enables eligible families and individuals to improve their immediate financial position; cope and better support themselves, and use relevant resources to succeed in the long term. This could include access to low cost re used and refurbished household items, clothing and food vouchers.
Applicants to the Scheme must have lived in Cambridgeshire for at least six months unless they have fled to the area for their own safety. To apply to the Scheme you must have no savings and receive one of the following means tested benefits:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
If you are working, your total household must be below the HMRC low income threshold (£16,105 for 2017/18)
What to do next
For more information and to apply, or to apply on someone's behalf (referrals), please contact your nearest Citizen Advice Bureau.
Making Money Count offers self-help information on money, being online, finding work and renting. The information is reliable, practical and easy to follow and is brought to you by organisations working across Cambridgeshire, West Norfolk and Peterborough who want to help make life fairer for everyone.
Making Money Count also offers information for people who need help in a crisis, including details on emergency helplines and local foodbanks.
A partnership of local charitable organisations led by CHS Group has been selected by Cambridgeshire County Council to manage the Local Assistance Scheme for Cambridgeshire from April 2017 to March 2020.
For further details about the delivery and management of the Cambridge Local Assistance Scheme please visit the Making Money Count website.