City of York Council

York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS)

The York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS) provides help for residents in financial difficulty to continue to live in our communities.

To get financial support you can:

There are two  types of assistance available, targeted at those most in need:

  • Emergency Assistance to help with a disaster or crisis
  • Community Assistance to help with a return to/to remain in the community

Community Assistance can also help ease 'exceptional financial pressure' on families, for example providing help to attend a funeral or with visiting a relative who is ill. 

Download the YFAS criteria for more information.

Further information is also available on our YFAS factsheet

Benefit delays

If you're awaiting an award of benefit from theDepartment for Work and Pensions (DWP) and there is a delay and you have no money, you can apply for a short term benefit advance. Contact DWP on tel: 0845 608 8637 and select the option for the benefit you are waiting for.

Other advice

Download our Money Problems leaflet for information and advice on how to get back on track with your finances and who to go to in times of financial hardship.

Benefits Section


Telephone: 01904 551556

Fax: 01904 551190

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

York Financial Assistance Scheme

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