The local welfare assistance scheme for Suffolk is called Local Welfare Assistance in Suffolk. For more information see the Suffolk County Council website.

The Suffolk Local Welfare Assistance (LWA) page has links to numerous guidance documents, including:

  • Protocol for Gateway organisations
  • LWA guidance
  • LWA resource directory
  • LWA Gateway organisations and LWA Open Gateway organisations 
  • LWA frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • LWA newsletters

How to apply

The scheme can only be accessed through a Gateway organisation. 


Suffolk County Council covers the following district council areas:

  • Babergh
  • Forest Heath
  • Ipswich
  • Mid Suffolk
  • St Edmundsbury
  • Suffolk Coastal
  • Waveney