General Assistance


General Assistance:

Our grants for general assistance are very modest. We always advise that you also seek additional funding.

  • We can advise you how to get the statutory funding to which you are entitled
  • We can assist you in finding the right support by signposting specific occupational funds on which you may have some claim by virtue of training or profession
  • We can assist with living expenses depending on your individual needs
  • We cannot help with living expenses if you reside outside the UK
  • We cannot help if your household savings are above £6,000 if you are under pension credit age or £10,000 if you are over pension credit age.


We provide financial support and other assistance to past and present professionals and their dependants in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Type of profession: we try to help individuals from all professional backgrounds until you have an opportunity to return to employment.  In the first instance, we will refer you to a professional or trade benevolent fund that is specifically relevant to your profession. Once their decision is made, we will only step in if extra funding is needed.

In order to qualify for help the following criteria need to be satisfied:

Age: You must be over 18 years (no upper age limit)

Qualifications: Hold a HHh     uuuuuuuuniversity  degree level or equivalent (level 6 or above).

Citizenship:   You must be a UK citizen or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK. Photographic proof of citizenship (in the form of a passport or driving licence) will be requested during the application process . 

Income: we compare your level of income to a figure that is 80% of the UK’s median household income after tax, housing costs and the age and number of your children in your family are taken into account.

Savings: you must have less than £6,000 in savings if you are under pension credit age or £10,000 in savings if you are over pension credit age.

How to Apply
If you are in need of financial support and think you may be eligible for assistance, please complete our online enquiry form if using computer/ laptop 
or download form here if using smartphone/ tablet.

Alternatively, you can write to us:

Professionals Aid Council

10 St Christopher’s Place



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