Household Support Fund
The North East Lincolnshire Household Support Fund is now open to North East Lincolnshire residents over 16 years of age who are most in need, to help with the cost of food, energy and other household bills and wider essentials. The Household Support Fund is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as part of the government’s Household Support Fund Scheme 4 (HSF4), which will be available through to 31st March 2024.
The maximum payment available to each household is £250.
To receive a payment the household must be able to evidence that it does not have sufficient income to afford essentials such as housing costs, utility bills, food and other basic items. Funding can also be used to support households who are struggling to afford wider essentials such as broadband or phone bills, clothing, and essential transport related costs. To be eligible the household will need to provide evidence, including bank statements, that it has an income of less than £20,000 and savings of less than £500.
Applications can be made through the following referral partners:
- Centre 4
- Creating Positive Opportunity
- Carers’ Support Centre (for registered carers)
- Navigo (for Navigo service users only)
- Lincolnshire Housing Partnership (for LHP residents only)
- Oasis (for families with children at Oasis schools only)
Referral partners will also be able to signpost applicants to other help and support that may be available to them.
This funding is only a short-term solution put in place by the government, so it’s important that anyone who is struggling gets in touch with local services so they can access longer-term support. This could include help with budgeting, debt management, home energy efficiencies and other support to help maximise income and reduce bills.
The scheme will run to 31 March 2024, or until funding has been fully spent.
About the Household Support Fund
The Household Support Fund has been allocated to County Councils and Unitary Authorities in England by the Department for Work and Pensions. It is to help councils provide financial support to those most in because of global inflationary challenges and the significantly rising cost of living.
The council is committed to ensuring that as much of the funding as possible is spent in our community supporting those who need it the most. Funding has been allocated for the financial year 2023/2023 and is planned to be spent over this time in the following areas, alongside the Household Support Fund:
- To children and young people, by issuing vouchers to families who are eligible for Free School Meals, to cover food during the 2023 school summer break and Christmas breaks and by contributing to other initiatives that offer wider support.
- To households in receipt of Council Tax Support that may include pensioners, disabled persons, or carers.
- To support residents and local businesses by offering market vouchers to purchase fresh produce from local stalls.
- To provide grants via partner organisations to improve the energy efficiency of homes and provide long term solutions to high energy costs.
- To support local foodbank providers who issue emergency food and household essentials.