Household Support Fund
We are providing financial support to households struggling with the cost of living over the winter period, including vulnerable households with or without children. Support includes:
- Household hardship vouchers: Vouchers to buy food, essentials, and support household budgets to pay essential bills. If your application is successful, you will receive a voucher based on the size of your household. The vouchers may be exchanged for use in a variety of supermarkets.
- Winter fuel bank: Emergency £40 top-up vouchers for pre-payment energy meters. You can also contact your energy supplier for additional support in the event of severe hardship. We can grant a maximum of three vouchers, per household over the winter period.
- School holiday food vouchers: Food vouchers during the school holidays for parents or guardians of children living in low-income households. These have been issued for the school holidays. We will decide whether to offer these vouchers again in February and April.
Remember, this is not emergency funding, you can access emergency food sources via food banks, your community partners and social services.
Household Hardship Voucher and Winter Fuel Bank Vouchers
You will need to provide evidence of hardship with your application form and our team will assess your circumstances against our eligibility criteria. We can take up to 5 working days to assess applications and issue vouchers. Fuel vouchers will be prioritised where possible.
Applications will be accepted until 31 March 2022.
School Holiday Meal Vouchers
If you already receive means-tested free school’s meals you do not need to do anything, you will automatically receive school holiday food vouchers.
Parents of eligible electively home-educated children, or those without a school place should call 0300 126 3000 to request a school holiday food voucher.