If you are in a crisis situation you can apply for financial help by contacting the DWP Support service on 0800 587 2750 (Freephone) or 0800 587 2751 (textphone for customers with hearing difficulties).

Financial Support In Northern Ireland

There are various financial support options available in Northern Ireland, provided by the government, charities, and other organizations. Here are some of the options you can consider:

  • Universal Credit: This is a means-tested benefit that provides financial support to people who are on a low income, including those who are out of work or unable to work due to a disability or health condition. You can apply for Universal Credit online at https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit.
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP): This is a non-means-tested benefit that provides financial support to people with long-term disabilities or health conditions. PIP is designed to help with the extra costs associated with living with a disability or health condition. You can find out more and apply for PIP at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/personal-independence-payment-pip.
  • Tax credits: Tax credits are available to people who are on a low income, including those who are in work but on a low wage. There are two types of tax credits: Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. You can find out more and apply for tax credits at https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/tax-credits.
  • Crisis support: If you are in financial crisis and need urgent help with things like food, clothing, and housing, you can contact your local council's crisis support team. You can find your local council's contact details at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/local-councils-in-northern-ireland.
  • Charitable organizations: There are many charities and other organizations in Northern Ireland that provide financial support and other assistance to people in need. You can find out more about these organizations and their services by searching online or contacting your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

These are just a few of the financial support options available in Northern Ireland. It's important to explore all of your options and seek advice if you are unsure about what support you may be eligible for.

If claiming Universal Credit you can also apply for a Universal Credit Contingency Fund grant by contacting the Finance Support service and choosing option 2.

Arrangements have also been put in place to avoid anyone claiming Discretionary Support from having to call into their local office as part of that claim. Telephone number 0800 587 2750 (Freephone) or 0800 587 2751 (textphone for customers with hearing difficulties).