Household Support Fund

Household Support Fund

We have received almost £2.9 million from the Government's new Household Support Fund to support vulnerable households and individuals.

What is the Household Support Fund?

The Government's £500 million Household Support Fund is designed to help vulnerable people and families with essentials over the latter part of 2021 and the start of 2022, as the country continues its recovery from the pandemic.

Funding has been distributed to councils across England, who know their local areas best, to directly help those who need it most, including for example, through small grants to meet daily needs such as food, clothing, and utilities.

More information about the fund and the national picture can be found in the Government Household Support Fund announcement. 

How we are distributing the funding

The Household Support funding allocation decision was made and fully approved by Members on 29 November 2021.

This support will be allocated to fund:

  • Food vouchers in the school holidays for children entitled to free school meals
  • Utility payments for families who receive free school meals on a targeted approach
  • Utility payments for singles/couples without children, in receipt of council tax support and universal credit on a targeted approach
  • Hardship payments for food and or utility bills for others who are in financial difficulty, through an application process

We are now finalising the process to allow the administration of the funding.

The scheme will be open early December 2021 and will close on 31 March 2022.

As it is available, more information will be added to this page and our social media, including what you need to do to apply for assistance.

Half term food vouchers

We set aside £235,000 from our Household Support Fund allocation to support around 15,700 children and young people in the city, who are eligible for free school meals, during October half term 2021.

Each voucher was worth £15 per child per week and parents and carers were asked to contact their children’s school, college or early years provider directly as they were tasked with issuing the vouchers.  

More information about the October half term food voucher scheme can be found on our news pages.

Other support

A range of information about the support available for people and families during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on our Coronavirus pages.

If you need extra support because of Covid, contact our Welfare and Wellbeing Team. Details of how to get in touch is on our CityLife Line page.

If you have suffered a disaster, crisis or suffering significant financial hardship which may put you or your household at risk to personal health you may also be able to apply for support through our Crisis Support Scheme.

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