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Westminster Council Local Hardship Fund

If you live in Westminster, do not receive any means-tested benefits, and are struggling with cost-of-living pressures because you have a low income, you may qualify for a one-off payment under the council’s Hardship Fund.

For this scheme, a gross income of £30,000 a year for households with no children and £50,000 a year for households with children is considered low income. 

You must also be eligible to claim public funds in the UK.

Answer the following questions to find out if you might be eligible.

Eligibility

Do you live in the City of Westminster?

You are not eligible for the Hardship Fund.

To be eligible, you must be a resident in the City of Westminster. You can check the website of the local council where you live to find out what cost-of-living support they offer. 

Are you or your partner in full time education?

You are not eligible for the Hardship Fund.

The Hardship Fund is not available to people in full-time education. You can check the website of the university or college where you or your partner are studying to find out what cost-of-living or hardship support they offer. 

Do you pay rent or a mortgage?

You are not eligible for the Hardship Fund.

The Hardship Fund is only available to households who have extra costs because of rent or a mortgage. 

Do you receive any of the following benefits?
  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance,
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance,
  • Child Tax Credit,
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Council Tax Support

You are not eligible for the Hardshipship Fund.

The Hardship Fund is not available to people receiving a means-tested benefit. The government and the council are already providing extra support with cost-of-living to households receiving means-tested benefits. 

Do you have savings above £5,000?

You are not eligible for the Hardship Fund.

The Hardship Fund is only open to people with savings of less than £5,000.

Please only continue with an application if you think you may be eligible.

Making a claim on behalf of another person

What is your address?
Are you making a claim on behalf of another person?
What is your role?

Applicant details

Your address
What is your relationship status?
Couple means living together, married or in a civil partnership. 

Your household

Do you have any dependant children?
Dependant child means anyone you receive Child Benefit for.
Dependant child means anyone you receive Child Benefit for.
Do you have any other adults such as grown-up children or other relatives in your household who aren not dependent on you?
Does anyone in your household have a disability?

Housing costs

Do you pay rent or a mortgage?

Income and earnings

Are you currently in work?
Is your partner in work?
Does your household have any other income?
Do you have any other savings?
Do you pay a registered provider like a nursery or childminder for childcare?

Supporting evidence

You must upload the following documents in support of your application: 

  • if there are dependent children in your household, a bank statement showing the amount of Child Benefit received. 

  • if you work for an employer, a recent payslip showing your year-to-date earnings. 

  • if you are self-employed, your tax return for the financial year 2022/23. 

  • if your partner works for an employer, a recent payslip showing your year-to-date earnings. 

  • if your partner is self-employed, their tax return for the financial year 2022/23. 

  • if you pay rent, either a tenancy agreement or recent rent increase notice, along with a bank statement showing a recent outgoing rent payment. 

  • if you have a mortgage, a bank statement showing the current repayment to your lender. 

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Are you struggling financially due to the cost of living crisis?

You are not eligible for the Hardship Fund.

Please do not submit this form if you are not struggling financially.

What are you struggling with most during the cost of living crisis?

Please check you have completed the form accurately and then submit your claim.

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