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Household Support Fund

Working on a low wage

You may be able to apply for support if:

  • you’re in work
  • you earn less than £400 a week net (after tax, including any government benefits)
  • you did not receive the Cost of Living Payment of £650 (paid in 2 lump sums of £326 and £324)

If your application is successful, you will receive an initial £125 payment, followed by another £125 payment automatically 60 days later.


You will need to provide:

  • 2 of your most recently monthly payslips or 4 of your most recent weekly wage slips (depending how you’re paid and how long you have been working for your current employer)
  • identification such as a recent bank statement, your driving licence or a recent utility bill.


This form will take you around 10 minutes to complete. 

We can't consider applications once limited funds have run out.

School scheme


If your child already receives free school meals, you will be sent a £15 supermarket voucher for each eligible child, per week, of the Christmas 2022, Spring half term 2023 and Easter 2023 school holidays.

Your school or the Free School Meal team will issue vouchers before the start of each holiday.


So that children have warm outerwear and footwear, we will also provide a one-off £50 payment for all children who receive free school meals and started in Reception, or moved up into secondary school (Year 7), at the start of the Autumn 2022 term.

Those eligible will be sent a voucher code by their child’s school, which must be redeemed by Tuesday 31 January 2023. This can be used at a supermarket, chosen by the recipient, to buy school clothes such as a warm coat or shoes. 

Community funding

We are also supporting community groups with funding, including payments to charities and assistance to foodbanks and warm spaces.

Last updated 09 January 2023