Free school meals
You can apply online for free school meals if your child attends school within Walsall Borough and you meet the eligibility criteria.
Council tax discounts, reductions and exemptions
You may be eligible for council tax reduction. You can apply online.
Find out when you're eligible, what you'll get, and apply online on the government's website
Walsall crisis support scheme (WCSS)
If you or your family need support in emergency circumstances you can apply for a crisis award or a community care award. An award will be in the form of goods, such as a cooker, that we will buy for you. As we decide both using a similar criteria, an application for one award can also be treated as an application for the other.
You can apply for a crisis award if there is a severe risk to the health and safety of you or your family that cannot be met from another source. For example:
- no access to essential needs (food, heating and clothing)
- deterioration in health
- domestic abuse, neglect and harm
- breakdown of the family unit
A crisis is an event such as major flooding, gas explosion or a house fire. It can also be having no funds available to meet daily living expenses. It is different from the pressures of managing on a low income.
Community care award
A community care award aims to help a vulnerable person remain in, and become integrated within, the community. You can apply for yourself, or member of your immediate family can apply for you.
We will consider applications for:
- helping people who are leaving care to establish themselves in the community
- helping people to stay in the community rather than enter care
- easing exceptional pressures
- helping a prisoner or young offender to readjust to life outside prison
- helping people to set up a home as part of a resettlement programme
How to apply
You will need to supply information that validates your need, circumstances and eligibility.
Download the WCSS policy for full details about eligibility, and the application and appeals process.
An appointee deals with the benefits of a person who cannot manage their own affairs because they’re mentally incapable or severely disabled.
You can download an application form to become an appointee, and find out more on the government’s website.
Money and debt advice
You can contact any of the following services for advice about debt:
South Staffs and Severn Trent offer water discount schemes. You can also apply for a warm home discount from the government.
Citizens Advice can help you open a bank account and Walsave credit union can help with savings and loans.
The government's website has advice about earnings and taxes and other employment information.
The British Legion provides practical, financial and mental health support to members and veterans of the armed forces and their families. The Samaritans can also help with mental health and emotional support.