Emergency Assistance Scheme

This scheme supports people who are facing unexpected or emergency costs which they are unable to pay for.

Since 1 April 2013, Havering Council has been working with Disablement Association of Barking and Dagenham (DABD) (UK) to provide the Emergency Assistance Scheme.

This scheme has been developed in response to the abolition of Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants, which were previously delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions.


If you are over the age of 16, living in Havering and receiving benefits or on low income (less than £500 per wee​k for a couple or lone parent, or £350 a week for an adult without children), you may be eligible for assistance.

Where possible, the scheme provides people with items they need directly, such as food, furniture or white goods. Where this isn't possible, people are given interest-free loans. These can then be repaid in small, regular instalments.

People are also offered free benefits checks when they apply, to make sure they are not missing out on any money they are entitled to.

Full scheme details

For the full details of the scheme, including eligibility criteria, please read a copy of the Emergency Assistance Scheme policy.

To apply for the scheme, please visit the DABD (UK) website or contact a dedicated Emergency Assistance Scheme adviser at the address shown.

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