This is a fund that can help if you are facing extreme hardship, but it does not come in the form of cash payments.
You should think about applying for Budgeting Loans, Budgeting Advances, Short-term Advances and Hardship Payments before you make an application to the RSS.
If you can’t get any other help, the scheme can ensure you are able to keep your home, health, family and security.
For example, if you are on a low income, a grant can help you buy essential household items, or pay your rent if there is a cut to Housing Benefit. If you’ve experienced a crisis or disaster, it could help you with living expenses.
The scheme can also refer you to organisations and departments who can help with:
- money and income: everyone applying can get a benefits check if required. You can also get money advice and specialist help with energy bill debts.
- employment and training: if you need it you will be offered, for example, advice on courses, volunteering opportunities, and how to prepare your CV.
- social well-being: again, if you need it, we can give support if you feel isolated socially, help you get involved in your community and build your skills.
How to apply
If you have a social worker or support worker, or you are a tenant of Peabody, Hyde, Circle or Partners for Improvement and need help to remain in your tenancy, you can apply through them for help from:
- Children’s Services
- Adult Social Services or Housing Services
- Age UK
- Single Homeless Project
- Solace Women's Aid
- Cranstoun Drug Services
- Centre 404
You can also visit Contact Islington at 222 Upper Street, N1 1XR. If you are housebound someone from our RSS Visiting Team can visit your home to make an application. Call 020 527 2000 to arrange a visit.
If you're helped by one of these organisations they can make a referral to the RSS for you:
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Islington Law Centre
- Islington People's Rights
- Disability Action in Islington
|Arab Alliance Bureau
||London & Quadrant Housing Association
||Look Ahead Housing Association|
|Barnsbury Housing Association||The Manna - St Stephens|
|CASA Blenheim||Mind Yourself|
|City YMCA||Newlon Housing Trust|
|Crown Housing Association
||Notting Hill Housing Association|
|The Elfrida Society
||One Housing and One Support|
|Finance and Resources - iWork (LBI)
||Peter Bedford Housing Association
|Finance and Resources - MDT (LBI)
|Finsbury Park Homeless FP
||Sapphire Independent Housing|
|Health Advocacy Project
||SSAF (Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force & Army)|
|Help on Your Doorstep
||St Giles Trust|
||St Luke's Community Centre|
|Irish Centre Housing
|Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association
||The Parent House|
|Islington Community Alcohol Service
|Islington Carers Hub
|Islington Foodbank||Victim Support|
|London Irish Centre||Voiceability|
Young care leaver exemption
Local authority care leavers don't pay Council Tax in Islington until they are 25. Read more on our young care leaver exemption page.
Recommender and referral declaration form
Agencies can complete the form below for use in the RSS referral process.