Local Welfare Provision From April 2013, Social Fund Crisis Loan payments and Community Care Grants are being abolished. Instead funding will be transferred to Local Authorities to help address local needs and priorities. Trafford Council is currently working with a number of third sector organisations to set up a new scheme, which will be known locally as ‘Trafford Assist’. The scheme is being designed to help Trafford residents on low incomes: Meet short term needs in the event of a crisis or emergency. Remain in, or return to, the community. Meet essential travelling expenses e.g. to attend a funeral of a close relative. The funding for the scheme is limited, so we may not be able to help everyone in need. Awards will be discretionary. This means that there will be no duty on the council to make an award and each application will be considered on its own merits. Under the new scheme cash payments will not be issued. Instead we have worked with partners to set up local food banks, furniture recycling etc. to help people in need. Please see the Trafford Assist page for more details and information on how to apply.