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Household Support Fund

In 2021 the Government announced a Household Support Fund (HSF) which was made available to local authorities. This scheme has now been extended and will run until 30 September 2022.

In order to reach as many vulnerable households as possible and meet Government requirements this fund is for:

  • families with children receiving free school meals
  • households in receipt of Council Tax reduction or housing benefit who have children under the age of 5
  • households in receipt of council tax reduction or housing benefit where the claimant or partner of the claimant is of pensionable age

You do not need to contact us or apply for the support. Households that meet the criteria will automatically receive the following food vouchers:

  • £80 per child in receipt of free school meals or per child identified by schools as needing support with the cost of food or utility bills
  • £95 per household with children under the age of 5 and in receipt of council tax reduction or housing benefit
  • £95 per household in receipt of council tax reduction or housing benefit where the claimant or their partner is of pensionable age

The vouchers for children of school age are being distributed by schools.

The Council will issue the vouchers directly to households in receipt of council tax reduction or housing benefit who have children under the age of 5 or who are of pensionable age.