Local support programmes

If you are struggling to afford the basic household items for your family, the following programmes may be able to help:

Local Support Payments

If you live in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster, and you need help because of an emergency or a crisis, you may be entitled to a Local Support Payment.

You may also qualify if you need help to remain or settle in the community.

The payments are not given to you as cash. They are usually good quality, second hand furniture or white goods (for example, refrigerators or washing machines) or store vouchers for specific goods.

Before you can claim a Local Support Payment you have to:

  • be claiming a qualifying benefit, or about to claim one because you are leaving care or an institution such as hospital or prison
  • live in one of the boroughs listed above, or have been housed elsewhere by one of those boroughs
  • not have too much in savings, and not have had more than two LSPs in the last 12 months

How to apply

If you think that you may be entitled to a payment you can apply online:

Local support form for Westminster residents

You can also apply over the phone on 020 7745 6464

If you do not qualify for a Local Support Payment, the following help and advice service may be useful.

Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)

DHP is a limited fund to help residents whose housing benefit has been restricted, for example because of the Local Housing Allowance caps, or other changes to benefits. DHP is separate to the housing benefit scheme and all awards are made at your council’s discretion. To be eligible, you must be on Housing Benefit and your circumstances must be exceptional. These payments are normally only awarded for a limited period and cannot be relied upon to solve long-term housing difficulties. To apply, contact the Housing Benefit team at your council.

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Last updated: 24 August 2016
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