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Where can I get emergency help with money and food?

If you run out of money or face an unexpected cost that you need to pay for now, this guide helps you find organisations that offer a range of urgent practical support depending on your circumstance.

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Help with food and essential costs

If you have no money to pay for food and essentials, your local foodbank can give you a few days’ supply of food, vouchers for gas and electricity if you’re on a prepayment meter, toiletries and baby items.

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How to get emergency money from the government

If you can’t afford food or essentials or have been hit by a disaster like a fire or flood, your local council can help. You don’t have to be on benefits, but you must be on a low income.

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