The local welfare assistance scheme for Buckinghamshire is called Local Emergency Support. For more information see the Buckinghamshire County Council website, which states that:

Local Emergency Support is intended to cover urgent short-term emergencies (i.e. no immediate food, no heating or lighting) through the use of foodbanks, food vouchers and utility meter top-up where appropriate or limited assistance towards other forms of fuel in an emergency situation.

In addition, we will look to provide assistance with essential items to individuals and families being rehomed by local authorities and partner agencies.

See also the Council's Guidance and eligibility leaflet and the Local Emergency Support policy and other policy documents.

How to apply

You can apply online or by phone.


Buckinghamshire covers the following district council areas:

  • Aylesbury Vale
  • Chiltern
  • South Bucks
  • Wycombe