Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme

Universal access to CLAS during Covid19 situation - assessments will be conducted over the phone

If you live in Cambridgeshire, and are eligible, Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme (CLAS) can provide information, advice and practical support and assistance in times of exceptional pressure. Following an assessment, you may be eligible for a CLAS award. The awards can be in the form of supermarket vouchers, new cookers, or recycled white goods.

Eligibility

To apply to the Scheme you must have lived in Cambridgeshire for at least six months, unless you have fled to the area for your own safety.  You must be facing hardship or under exceptional financial pressure. 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 (£16,380 for 2020/21).

How to Apply

You, or your professional representative,  should call the Citizens Advice Rural Cambs (CARC) advice line to make an application (0344 245 1292 Monday – Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm) – professionals must have your consent if they are request a call back on your behalf.
  • Depending on urgency and appointment availability, you will be either be assessed at the time or given an appointment for a call back
  • Phone assessors at CARC will submit CLAS applications to the CLAS Lead for sign off
NB: You will be required to:
  • Complete an initial assessment.
  • Provide proof of income/benefits to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.
  • This information must be supplied before an award is granted.
  • You should have your documents available when you call.
Proof can be submitted via email by sending a scanned document or photo - the adviser will provide you with these details at the time of call.