Household Support Fund

Criteria for other applicants (discretionary scheme)

For funding during 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023 the criteria are the same as before.

Some of the funding will be set aside for applicants who come directly to the council for assistance.

The grants will be issued on a first come, first served basis. The funds are available until the 31 March 2023 or earlier if the funds have been exhausted. We, the council, cannot commit to applications made once all the available funding has been allocated.

If you meet each of the following criteria it’s vital you get your application in as soon as possible:

  • be aged 16 or over
  • be able to show they meet one of the following:
    • have a settled residence in Slough, or
    • have been placed outside of the borough by the council
    • in the case of someone leaving prison (must have been in prison for at least 6 months) or
    • in care (must have been in the care of Slough Borough Council only)
    • about to move into Slough; those that have been placed in Slough by another borough must apply to their originating borough.
  • not have savings that can be relied upon to meet the need to which they are presenting
  • have a reduction in income, for example the transition period of earning and claiming welfare benefits
  • have not received, or be able/eligible to receive help from other public funds for the same category
  • be without sufficient resources which would in turn cause serious risk to their own, or their family’s health or safety or wellbeing
  • understand this is a one-off award - if you've had a successful outcome for your HSF application between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023 any futher application for htis funding will be refused.

We will award:

  • food vouchers
  • vouchers for essential goods (where there are mitigating circumstances) and
  • assistance with fuel payments.

In deciding whether to make a Housing Support Fund award we will have regard to the applicant’s circumstances including:

  • any help which is likely to be available from other funds, such as Short Term Advances
  • Budgeting Loans, Budgeting Advances and Advance Payments issued by the Department for Work and Pensions
  • the income and expenditure of the applicant, any partner, their dependants and other occupiers of their household
  • the level of indebtedness of the applicant and their family
  • any medical issues, or other exceptional needs, of the applicant, partner or dependants, or other members of their household
  • being mindful of the amount available in the Housing Support Fund budget
  • any other special circumstance of which we are aware.

Making a claim

We will consider the risk and impact on the health and wellbeing of the applicant and any dependants of not meeting their need.

Go to the GOV.UK Benefits section to check if you are entitled to other benefits and support.

Contact Debt and Welfare Team

Debt and Welfare Team