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Household Support Fund

The second Household Support Fund will be split equally between families with children, pensioners and households demonstrating severe financial hardship.

Pensioners

A £100 food voucher will be given to those on pension credits. An additional £50 food voucher will be available for those with the disability element of pension credit.

You do not need to contact us - if you receive pension credit, you will receive your vouchers by the end of July.

Families with children

Food vouchers will be sent to those eligible through the existing free school meals system. These will be distributed by schools before the end of the summer term to use in the holidays.

Vouchers can be activated and then redeemed at Asda, Aldi, Iceland, Marks and Spencer, McCall's, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco or Waitrose.

Before you shop, you will need to activate your supermarket voucher. This can be stored on your phone or will need to be printed.

Go to the voucher link you have been sent on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Choose your supermarket by clicking 'Tell me more' and then 'I'm ready to claim'. Select which supermarket you'd like to shop at. This cannot be undone, so make sure you're happy with your choice before pressing the 'Claim now' button.

Select 'Click for your voucher' to reveal the voucher for your chosen supermarket. You can show your voucher to the supermarket from your phone or print your voucher before shopping.

If you don’t have a smartphone or printer you can print your voucher at your local library (please bring ID and proof of address).

Once you have chosen a supermarket, you need to spend it at that particular brand. So if you choose a Tesco voucher, you can use it at different branches of Tesco, but you can't use it at Morrisons.

You can spend the voucher in smaller amounts as needed and the spend will be taken from the overall total on the voucher. Treat your voucher as if it were cash.

Do not take a picture of it and put it on social media as someone else may use your voucher code, which cannot be replaced.

If you have queries with your school meal voucher, speak to your school.

Severe hardship

We are working alongside organisations to identify individuals or families in need. This will help us reach households suffering severe financial hardship which may otherwise slip through the net.

Support will be provided in the form of an energy or food voucher up to £100.

Applications will be put forward by those voluntary organisations and there is no direct application route.

Further details will be provided at a later stage.

Last updated 20 June 2022