Local welfare support

Marsh Green surgery closure and changes →
The welfare rights surgery at Marsh Green library will be closed from 11th September to 29th September 2017, due to the reconfiguration of the life centre/library. Please note - from 2nd October 2017 the surgery day will change to Thursday afternoons at 2pm - 4pm.

We are now working in partnership with organisations and agencies to provide advice and support to people in crisis. Examples of crisis may include:

  • Having no means of providing food for yourself or your family
  • Being homeless or finding yourself at risk of being homeless
  • Having no basic necessities to manage your home.

Welfare support may qualify you for food parcels, gas and electric vouchers and furniture packages. Professionals can make a referral for welfare support on someone else's behalf by completing our online form.

Please note that we do not make cash payments or pay out crisis loans.

Welfare rights

We can offer:

  • Free, confidential and impartial advice and support on a range of welfare benefits
  • Help with completing claim forms
  • Guidance and support when making appeals. If we cannot help, we will provide contact details for other agencies that can assist you.

There are a number of ways you can access welfare rights advice and guidance:

  • Make an appointment to see a Welfare Rights Advisor for help with P.I.P, DLA and AA forms, just email wiganwelfarerightsadvice@wiganmbc.gov.uk
  • Visit one of our outreach surgeries:
    Marsh Green library Tuesdays 2pm-4pm
    Pensioners Link, Charles Street Leigh Thursdays 9am-12pm
    Golborne library Fridays 2pm-4pm
  • Arrange a home visit if you are house bound
  • You can also get advice about individual benefits and tax credits at GOV.UK

Unify Credit Union

We are working with Unify Credit Union (external link) to provide support to people who may require financial assistance or be in need of help to set up a home.

Unify Credit Union will support people in a crisis and in need of significant financial assistance and will treat each application on its own merits. The amount that people are able to borrow will be determined by affordability. The Credit Union can also make appropriate referrals where affordability is an issue.


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