The government has extended the household support fund for a further six months to help Local Authorities support households in managing the cost of the living crisis. The Household Support Fund is to support households in the most need, particularly those including children and pensioners and who would otherwise struggle to meet the cost of food, essential items, energy bills and other household bills.
What is the Household Support Fund?
The government has made £500 million available to local authorities in England to support those in most need to help with the significant rise in living costs. Local authorities have discretion on exactly how the funding is used, but should be determined in line with government guidance. The funding is available from 1April 2022 to 30 September 2022.
The Household Support Fund will be used to assist households who are struggling to afford energy, food and water bills, and other related essentials. In exceptional cases, local authorities can also use the funding to support housing costs where existing housing support schemes do not meet exceptional need.
In addition, the Household Support Fund, will help families over the May half term and summer holiday break by providing Free School Meal (FSM) vouchers to all pupil premium free school meals eligible children.
Am I eligible?
You must also be on a low income. This would normally mean you will be getting one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit only)
- Has claimed, or is in receipt of, Universal Credit but is experiencing financial hardship.
(Government guidance states you are not required to be in receipt of any benefits to be eligible to make an application)
- Unemployed or on a low income
- Affected by rising living costs including food and utility price increases
- You require support to stay in the community
- You don’t have enough money to meet your (or you family’s) immediate needs after an emergency or crisis.
If you want to find out what help is available in your area through the Household Support Fund, contact your local council. You can locate your council using the GOV.UK council finder.
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