Urgent Needs Payments are payments under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance
Scheme. You do not have to meet the
habitual residence condition to qualify for an urgent needs payment.
An Urgent Needs Payment may be paid to people in emergency situations. For
example, in the case of a fire, flood or other disaster, you may get a payment
to help with the immediate cost of food and clothing. Depending on your
circumstances, for example, if you are working or when an insurance claim has
been settled, you may have to pay some or all of this back at a later date.
The amount of payment you get will depend on the type of assistance you
How to apply
To apply for an Urgent Needs Payment payment you will need:
Public Service (PPS) numbers for yourself, your spouse, civil partner
or cohabitant and your children
- Evidence of any income or social welfare assistance you are getting
You cannot appeal
a decision on an Urgent Needs Payment to the Social Welfare Appeals Office.
However, you may request that a decision be reviewed by the SWA Review Officer
for the office which made the original decision.
Where to apply
You should contact the Department of Social Protection's representative
(formerly known as the Community Welfare Officer) at your local