Support from your council

Camden council provides 2 main types of regular benefit to residents:

Housing benefit

If you’re a Camden resident and are responsible for paying rent, claiming benefits, or you’re on a low income, you may be entitled to housing benefit. 

Council tax support

If you’re a Camden resident and are claiming Universal Credit, and if you’re employed on a low income or not receiving any income, you may be entitled to council tax support.

Food banks

Food banks provide food and support to people in emergency crisis. This could include a delay in receiving your benefits, or receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.

Camden food bank:

Tuesday 11.30am – 3.30pm
Friday 11.30am – 3.30pm

Euston food bank:

Tuesday 12 noon - 4pm
Thursday 5.30pm - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 12.30pm
Sunday 2pm - 3.30pm

Chalk Farm food bank:

Thursday 10.30am-12pm

Maiden Lane community centre food bank:

Wednesday 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Charitable grants

Search for charitable grants which are available to help people in financial need:


Local Welfare Assistance Scheme

The Local Welfare Scheme provides residents with Crisis Payments and Community Support awards. These are emergency payments for people in severe financial hardship.

This is a cash limited scheme which means that we cannot help everyone who applies. The scheme is funded by Camden Council.

Who can apply?

If you are in severe financial hardship and need an emergency payment to pay utility bills or buy food, you can apply for help.

Apply for Local Welfare Assistance Scheme

You won't normally be paid an award if you receive a welfare benefit, such as Universal Credit, ESA, JSA, IS and Tax Credits.

If you have a Support Worker from Camden Floating Support Service, a Welfare Rights or Debt Advisor assisting you from the council's Welfare Rights Teams, they can make an application on your behalf. They will discuss this with you. You must meet the eligibility criteria to receive a payment.

The Local Welfare Assistance Scheme (PDF) policy contains further information about the scheme and the eligibility criteria.

Available awards/payments

An award is a one off payment to cover an emergency situation - usually only about £50.

An award will not be made to cover rent or debts, or to replace white goods and furniture.

The operation of the scheme is at the Council's discretion. There is no automatic right to an award.

For help with claiming benefits and financial problems, visit: