Wider essential and cost of living support


Wider essential and cost of living support


You can apply supermarket vouchers if your household is on a low income:

Household size Supermarket voucher award
Single person£150
2 people£260
3 people or more£320

Wider essential and cost of living support is not intended as emergency support and only 1 award will be allocated per eligible household.

A household is defined as a single residence and includes all those residing in the property (unless it is a registered home of multiple occupation with the Council).

All households who make an application will be referred for further support. Where households indicate they do not wish to be referred for further support, no referral will be made.


To receive a financial aid payment from the fund you must meet our eligibility criteria.

You must also have the following information for you and other members of your household:

You will need to provide the national insurance numbers for all those over the age of 16 residing in the household and not in full-time education. You can find your National Insurance number on GOV.uk. If you do not have a national insurance number you will need to apply for a national insurance number.

For all household members over the age of 16 years and not in full time education:

  • latest 2 monthly payslips (4 weekly payslips if paid weekly) or latest SA302 for the Self Employed
  • 2 full bank statements from the last 3 months, each showing a full month of transactions for all of your personal bank accounts
  • 2 full personal and business bank statements from the last 3 months for all members of the household who are self-employed
  • evidence of Lasting Power of Attorney (if exercising POA rights), proof of identification and residency of the Attorney

Applications will be processed within 6 weeks from the date of application.

Make sure you have the documents above ready to upload before applying. Give yourself 30 minutes to complete this form, as there is not an option to save your application and return later.

Next steps

Information you provide, alongside the council and central government systems, will be used to assess your household’s income and savings.

We will contact you by email or phone if we have any queries about your application. If we need more information, you must provide this within 7 days, otherwise your application will be declined.

If your application is approved, vouchers will only be issued directly to the email address of the main applicant only.


Applications will be processed within 6 weeks from the date of application.

Due to high numbers of applications our team will not be able to respond to any enquires during the application assessment process.

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Funded by UK Government

Last updated 29 May 2024