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Welfare Assistance Scheme 

 People struggling to make ends meet due to an unforeseen event or an emergency can apply for support from Durham County Council’s Welfare Assistance Scheme. 

The scheme is designed to assist the most vulnerable people in meeting their immediate short term needs or maintaining their independence in the community. 

You could access: 
Help with your daily living expenses (for up to seven days), including: food, baby milk and nappies, heating, travel and personal hygiene products. 
Help to stay in your home, or move back into housing, after living in supported or unsettled accommodation. 

This includes help towards: beds and / or bedding  furniture  white goods (for example, cooker, fridge, washing machine) kitchen equipment  floor coverings  curtains  storage and / or removal costs 

Telephone: 03000 267 900 Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5 pm, 8.30am-4.30pm Friday 

To find out more and details of how to refer people to the scheme visit