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Crisis support

Crisis Support is one of two schemes that make up Sunderland City Council's local welfare provision scheme.  The scheme is intended to help vulnerable people who:

  • do not have short-term resources to be able to meet certain needs themselves following;
  • an emergency or crisis

The scheme supports people with a crisis or emergency and can provide help with:

  • food
  • utilities (gas/electricity)
  • travel costs
  • clothing


Eligibility criteria

The individual's application must meet the policy requirements which are:

How to apply

Applications must be made via telephone to our Home and money team.

Find out where you can get help with budgeting, debt and employment (pdf).

If you are waiting for a new DWP benefit award you can request a short term benefit advance via

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