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Somerset Local Assistance

If you have an emergency that means you have no way of getting basic essentials you may be eligible to get help from the Local Assistance Scheme.

This scheme does not provide cash, loans or grants

The scheme can help with essential emergency provision such as fuel to cook or heat your home, items of essential bedding or furniture or basic equipment for cooking

Eligibility Criteria:

1.     You live in Somerset,

2.     You are in an emergency and do not have enough money to buy what you need

3.     You are on a low income

4.     You have tried other sources of help

5.     You can provide evidence of your income and expenditure

To apply:  telephone Citizens Advice free phone Adviceline:   


Surviving Winter

A grant for older people who are struggling with the cost of winter to help them maintain a reasonable level of comfort, dignity and warmth.


Eligibility Criteria:

1.     Somerset resident

2.     Living on a low income (for example Pension Credit)


To apply:  telephone Citizens Advice free phone Adviceline:   


Wessex Water Schemes

These schemes are for anyone that is either struggling to pay their water bill or who has fallen behind with their water bill

Eligibility:  Wessex Water Customers who are struggling to pay their water bills

To apply: telephone Citizens Advice free phone Adviceline:    


Safe and Warm in Somerset

Centre for sustainable Energy

Emergency pre-payment meter vouchers



Somerset Free School Meals

Eligibility: children who are in school all day whose parents or carers are in receipt of certain support.  Full details can be found on the Somerset County Council website