Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme

Cambridge and District Citizens Advice Bureau are working with Citizens Advice Rural Cambridgeshire, CHS Group, Cambridge Re-Use, Ferry Project & CCORRN to deliver the new Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme (CLAS)

 

What is the Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme?

If you live in Cambridgeshire the scheme provides information, advice and one off practical support and assistance in times of exceptional pressure (subject to eligibility). 

 

Eligibility

Applicants to the Scheme must have lived in Cambridgeshire for at least six months unless they have fled to the area for their own safety.

To apply to the Scheme you must have no savings and receive one of the following means tested benefits:

 

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit 

 

If you are working, your total household must be below the HMRC low income threshold (£16,105 for 2017/18)

 

CLAS Awards

Before making a grant award we will complete a comprehensive assessment of need. If a CLAS award is appropriate this will be one or more of:

  • Recycled white goods and furniture
  • New white goods (by exception only if a recycled good cannot be sourced)
  • Decorating vouchers
  • Supermarket vouchers (food and clothes - only in emergencies)

How can I access CLAS?

If you live in Cambridgeshire, and are eligible (please see details at http://makingmoneycount.org.uk/about-us/cambridgeshire-local-assistance-scheme/), CLAS can provide information, advice and one off practical support and assistance in times of exceptional pressure. For information on how to refer a client, or if you are self-referring please use the email form at:  https://www.cambridgecab.org.uk/forms/email-advice