Essential Living Fund

Applying for an Essential Living Fund

You can make an application if you are in receipt of benefit or working and receive a low income.

All applications are considered, and all financial information and personal circumstances will be looked at check whether you're eligible.

How to apply

You can apply online or by phone.

The application pages open as a 'pop-up' window, so may not work if your web browser is set to block pop-ups – to use the form, make sure your web browser allows pop-ups either for all websites or for

Apply for an Essential Living Fund (

Essential Living Fund team

: 0300 790 0124

Open 8:45am to 5:15pm.

We recommend applying for general living expenses by phone.

Applying more than once

No more than 3 applications for general living expenses can be made within a 12-month period.

For other applications, we wouldn't normally make an award within 12 months of a previous application unless there had been a relevant change in circumstances. For example, if you had been awarded a bed and it had been destroyed by a house fire within 12 months, you would be able to apply again.