Emergency Support Scheme (ESS)

Lambeth’s Emergency Support Scheme (ESS) can help if you’re a resident facing a crisis, emergency or disaster that needs help.

Who can use this scheme

The ESS is available to you if you are:

  • experiencing a crisis or an emergency
  • impacted in any way by the Covid-19 crisis, including having a loss of work or change in economic situation, increased caring responsibilities or an increased pressure on your household related to self-isolation or ‘lockdown’
  • being resettled into the community following a period in institutional or residential care, including former rough sleepers being resettled in the borough after being temporarily accommodated elsewhere due to Covid-19
  • in need of support to prevent you entering institutional or residential care
  • a family under exceptional pressure
  • setting up home as part of a planned resettlement
  • a resident that has received crisis support in the past 6 months, and are eligible to re-apply for ESS if experiencing a Covid-19 related crisis.

In order to qualify for the Scheme you must:

  • live in Lambeth
  • be 16+ years of age
  • have lived in Lambeth for at least six weeks prior to applying (released prisoners, those fleeing domestic or gang violence, people living in temporary council accommodation or registered care projects are excepted from this requirement).

You must also be in receipt of at least one of the following benefits:

  • Bereavement Benefit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Council Tax Support (CTS)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA - contributory)
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Death Benefit
  • Industrial Injuries Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Tax Credits
  • Widows Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit
  • any type of Pension Credit.