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Get help with fuel, food or furniture in a crisis

Eligibility criteria

Residency: You should live in the borough of St Helens. If moving from outside the area, you should have previously had strong ties to the borough or be placed here by a recognised agency. 

Age: You must be at least 16 years of age. 

Income: You should be on a low income and normally be in receipt of one of the following qualifying benefits: Income Support; Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance;  income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Guaranteed Pension Credit; or Universal Credit (where net earnings must not exceed the threshold eligibility for free school meals). 

Access to other funding: You should have explored and will be expected to have applied for other available sources of funding before seeking additional assistance under this scheme. 

Savings/loans: The level of savings held by the you and/or your partner and the availability of alternative finance via affordable loans will be considered as part of the assessment process.