What is Local Welfare Provision (LWP)?


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What is the Local Welfare Provision scheme

Milton Keynes Council provides a Local Welfare Provision scheme (LWP) which aims to:

  • Prevent serious risk to health, wellbeing or safety
  • Provide essential support in the event of an emergency
  • Help people to be part of the community

An award will normally be a one off payment, normally in goods or services, as a short term fix to prevent a long term problem

Criteria

We will consider whether an application meets the criteria for Local Welfare Provision and if there are still funds available.

You can apply if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • At least 16 years old
  • A settled Milton Keynes resident, or have been placed out of the area by Milton Keynes Council, or moving to Milton Keynes after leaving care or prison for example
  • A British citizen.  If you are not a British citizen, you must be in receipt of benefits, or your immigration status allows you to access public funds
  • Unable to obtain help from another source
  • Without support there could be a serious risk to you or your family’s health or safety

If you are a full time student, you will only be able to make an application if you are in receipt of benefits.

Items that can be provided

LWP normally assists with only the following items;

  • Beds based on number of residents  (double beds only provided to couples otherwise a single bed will be provided)
  • Cookers (electric only due to installation and safety checks) or microwave but not both.
  • Small Fridge Freezer (under the counter)
  • Washing machine for families with children of school age or a medical need.
  • Flooring where there is a medical need or in one room where there is a young child who is crawling. Only lino or carpet is provided. We cannot provide laminate flooring.

Items that are not normally provided

LWP will not normally assist with any item that is not essential for the health of the occupants of the home, this includes the following items*;

  • Sofas or living room chairs
  • Furniture, including tables, chairs and wardrobes
  • Beds for spare unoccupied rooms
  • Entertainment units, such as TV’s, Playstations, Sky boxes
  • Computers 
  • Decorative items
  • Dishwasher
  • Fixed items, such as kitchen cabinets and bathroom sanitary ware
  • Structural repairs to a property
  • Laminate flooring

*This is not a full list

In addition the LWP scheme will not generally replace items as DWP budgeting loans are available for this purpose for those in receipt of benefit and those not in receipt of benefit are expected to budget to replace items.

An application for an award of Discretionary Financial Assistance (DOCX, 107KB) can only be made once in 6 months.  If an award has previously been declined and a new application is presented for the same need, a new award will not be considered.

Special Rules for households affected by flooding on 27/28 May 2018

If you were severely affected by the flash floods on 27 and 28 May 2018, we will replace essential items as listed above in the Items that can be provided section, where you cannot afford to do so yourself rather than refer you to the DWP for a budgeting loan. If you are not on a means tested benefit, we will do an income and expenditure and savings assessment.

We will replace the following non-essential items where you cannot afford to do so yourself and the existing item has been damaged by the flooding;

  • Carpets or lino
  • Sofa or armchair depending on number of occupants
  • Washing machine

If an application is successful, household items may be a mixture of new and reconditioned items through our local suppliers:  

We will not

  • replace on a like for like basis
  • provide an item of your choosing where a cheaper alternative is available
  • provide cash as an alternative.

 

Last Updated: 19 July 2018