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Local Welfare Provision

Local Welfare Provision and food vouchers

Please note: Our opening hours for Christmas 2019 are:

  • Food, fuel and travel vouchers - Applications received on or before 1pm on 19 December 2019 will be processed on the same day. We reopen on 30 December 2019 so any applications received after 1pm on 19 December 2019 will be processed on 30 December 2019.

  • Furniture - Applications received on or before 15 December 2019 will be processed by 16 December 2019. Applications received after 15 December 2019 will be processed from 2 January 2020 onwards.


Sandwell Council currently run a Local Welfare Provision Scheme (LWP).  LWP is help for people who:

  • have a crisis and don't have the resources to deal with it 
  • are about to leave care or be moved as part of a resettlement programme and need essential items. 

Sandwell’s LWP scheme can provide help with the following:

  • Fuel – This will be a pay point voucher for pre pay meters only and gives emergency provision for three days 
  • Travel – This will be a payment voucher for one to three days travel in the West Midlands area only 
  • Furniture / White Goods – All furniture will be good second hand furniture except for white goods and mattresses. These goods will be provided by Loaves ‘N’ Fishes.

The scheme is purely discretionary and people have no automatic right to an award.

To be able to get assistance through Sandwell’s LWP scheme, customers must:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Have been living in Sandwell immediately before requesting assistance 
  • Be receiving one of the following benefits:
    • Income Support 
    • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
    • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Pension Credit (Guarantee Element only).
    • Universal Credit – Where you qualify for the full Allowance (i.e. There are no deductions for employment)

We cannot normally award LWP if your benefits have been delayed or sanctioned unless there are exceptional reasons.  

Each claim is restricted to no more than two awards within a rolling 12 month period. Food vouchers are restricted to no more than three awards within a rolling 12 month period. 
You can use the form below to apply for help through LWP and also for food vouchers . 

Food vouchers are provided outside of the LWP scheme and you may qualify for one even if you don’t qualify for LWP. 

Apply for Local Welfare Provision and/or a food voucher

The Council has a Local Welfare Provision policy which is reviewed every year.