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PRS Winter Crisis Scheme Open for Applications

The scheme is open to eligible PRS members who are experiencing financial hardship over the winter period.

Published: 07 December 2023 | 1:38 PM
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The PRS Members’ Fund has opened applications for its Winter Crisis Scheme. It is aimed at supporting PRS members who might be facing financial hardship due to the costs of living, are struggling to meet typical household bills, or have other urgent needs.

You can complete the form online but please ensure that you meet the criteria before applying.

The current scheme closes on 31 March 2024.

Eligibility

  • You must be a UK resident and PRS member
  • PRS members need to have earnt at least £500 in royalties, or been a PRS member for seven years or more
  • Have less than £16,000 in savings
  • You will be required to provide your two most recent bank statements when submitting an application

No health condition is required, but applicants need to be in receipt of benefits or pension. However, if this is not applicable, the scheme will consider those who fall between the benefit and income gap.

The application will be kept confidential and once received, will be reviewed by a member of the scheme who will contact you to confirm if the application was successful.

Find out more and apply online.

Not eligible but still require assistance?

The PRS Members' Fund encourages anyone who is in need to get in touch, even if they are not eligible, as they will do their best to support individuals by other means, such as signposting to other sources of assistance.

The MU has also put together advice on how to get help regarding the cost of living crisis, and how you can use your MU membership to save money. We can't predict when the cost of living crisis will end, but we're here to help in the meantime.

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