Household Support Fund (HSF)
The Household Support Fund (HSF) grant of £1,177,691.53 has been extended again to support those most in need.
The grant is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and 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.
The grant helps families and vulnerable individuals who struggle to pay for basic living costs, such as:
- water bills
- essential goods.
We plan to run a one-off, locally managed, aid to vulnerable households in our community:
- who are most in need of support, and
- to help with significant rising living costs and
- to those who may be going through exceptional hardship.
The HSF is considered as a last resort and will be awarded at our discretion following an assessment of eligibility. Each case will be treated strictly on its individual merits. All those deemed eligible will be treated equally and fairly within the constraints with the HSF budget.
We will make sure any awards given is used for the purpose it was applied for. Most of the award will be given in goods or services by online vouchers only.