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1. Summary

Emergency Assistance Payment: coronavirus hardship

Between 1 May 2020 to 31 March 2021, you can get no more than 5 grants in a year.

The Discretionary Assistance Fund provides 2 types of grant that you do not need to pay back.

Emergency Assistance Payment (EAP)

A grant to help pay for essential costs, such as food, gas, electricity or clothing after an emergency.

You can apply for a grant if you:

  • have lost your job
  • have had a flood or fire in your home
  • have applied for benefits and waiting for your first payment
  • are experiencing financial hardship

What you can use the grant for

Use the grant to pay for:

  • food
  • gas
  • electricity
  • clothing
  • emergency travel

You cannot use it to pay for ongoing bills that you cannot afford to pay.

Individual Assistance Payment (IAP)

A grant to help you or someone you care for live independently in their home or a property that you or they are moving into.

What you can use the grant for

Use the grant to pay for:

  • a fridge, cooker or washing machine and other ‘white goods’
  • home furniture such as beds, sofas and chairs

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