The local welfare assistance scheme for Lewisham is called the Local Support Scheme.

For more information see the Lewisham Council website, which states that you may be eligible for a loan and/or a grant:

  1. An emergency loan is intended to provide immediate, short-term financial support for people who need money urgently because of expenses they have incurred as a result of a crisis situation, disaster or other emergency. 
  2. A support grant is designed to provide short-term support for people looking to stay in or return to their community. 
  3. The Starting Work Award (SWA) is designed to assist our residents in returning to full time work. This loan has to be repaid.
How to apply

The website gives details of how to apply and how to request a review (or make a complaint) if you think the decision is wrong. The Local Support Scheme in Lewisham is administered by the London Borough of Lambeth.