York Financial Assistance Scheme

Coronavirus and YFAS support

YFAS Emergency Assistance is available to people who are struggling with finances due to coronavirus.

See further information about coronavirus and YFAS support.

York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS) provides help to local people in financial difficulties due to exceptional circumstances.

They offer two types of assistance:

  • Emergency Assistance for a disaster or crisis
  • Community Assistance to help with exceptional pressures or financial difficulties

What YFAS can provide

YFAS can provide:

  • goods
  • services
  • gas and electricity top-ups
  • supermarket vouchers

They only make emergency cash available in exceptional circumstances, when they're unable to provide direct assistance.

They only award items on the basis of need - for example, they could only provide a carpet if you have a baby or toddler who's crawling.

Before making a YFAS application

Check whether you're eligible for emergency assistance from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) before applying for YFAS support.

Options include:

Make a YFAS application

Download the YFAS factsheet and YFAS criteria before making your YFAS application:

Use these Citizens Advice resources to help you list your income and expenses for your application:

complete an online YFAS form

Upload your completed budget sheet (as a PDF) to support your application.

You can send your budget sheet separately to YFAS (if you prefer), either:

  • via our Benefits Section (not Citizen's Advice), or
  • by email to

Alternatively, telephone: 0808 168 5238 (free from a landline).

Also see


West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551556