HSF extension to provide cost of living support for residents


30 May 2024

We are once again able to support households who are having difficulty managing due to the cost of living crisis through funding from UK Government’s Household Support Fund (HSF) Extension until 30 September 2024.

To access HSF funding applicants will need to fill in a simple online form and upload payslips and proof of identity bank statements, ideally using a computer. Those who do not have access to a computer can visit a North Northamptonshire library where they are available for free public use.  
Once approved applicants will receive payment in supermarket vouchers of up to £320 (depending on household size). Residents can find out if their financial situation means they are eligible.

This HSF funding is also to be used to provide support for families where children are on free school meals, including food vouchers for the May break and Summer holidays, as well as an additional voucher intended to cover some of the expense of providing school uniform or other back to school goods.

Should there be any funds not assigned or committed, these will be redistributed to local foodbanks.

For any queries related to the Household Support Fund please contact the team at [email protected].

I am pleased that we once again have money from UK Government’s HSF through an extension. We have opted to once again fund food for children on free school meals during the holidays, and ease the financial burden of back to school expenses.

In addition, we will be able to help many other residents in the form of supermarket vouchers, to help with balancing finances. I would urge those to not miss out on the opportunity to apply.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the many community groups who have been instrumental in helping us use HSF to distribute funding where its most needed.

These have included charities and organisations providing all kinds of household support, such as help with emergency energy, white good replacement and provision of lower energy equipment to cook meals, as well as food parcels.

I know they are continuing to use HSF to help our most vulnerable residents and so would like to publicly thank them for their vital support.
Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council