Support during financial hardship

If you need financial help to meet the costs of essential items in an emergency, an unforeseen event or exceptional pressures, there are grants and other support that you may be eligible for.

If your facing financial difficulty our referral wheel outlines initial support routes.

Our directory of support provides a comprehensive list of local organisations who provide help and advice.

Short term advances

An advance of funds, designed to help people with short term need (for example, waiting for their first benefit payment or following a change of circumstances). The advance is then repaid over a short period of time. Please contact the Department for Work and Pensions for more information on 0345 608 8545.

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP)

DHP is only paid in exceptional circumstances to Solihull residents who are in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (Housing Costs Element).

It is designed to help if your Housing Benefit / Universal Credit (Housing Costs element) does not cover your rent, or if you need help with a one-off cost such as:

  • outstanding rent
  • moving costs
  • finding a deposit.

To apply please download our DHP application form.

Further information and advice is outlined in our DHP information sheet.

Charitable funds

Charitable funds can include grants, essential items, food or cash to help in a crisis or emergency. You can search for available funds by visiting or call 0808 802 2000.

Local Welfare Provision (LWP)

LWP is a final safety net if you cannot resolve your financial difficulties any other way. LWP provides essential items for people in urgent need, helping them to live safe, healthy and independent lives in the community. It does not provide cash.

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