We know that sudden unexpected costs can create real challenges if you’re already experiencing financial difficulties. This winter, the government has launched a new grant for households, known as the Household Support Fund.

What is the Household Support Fund?

The Household Support Fund provides short-term financial support to help anyone who is struggling to cover essentials such as food, clothing and utilities. It will also be available where existing housing support schemes such as Housing Benefit, Universal Credit and Discretionary Housing Payments cannot meet a family or household’s needs.

How to apply for the Household Support Fund?

The government has provided each local authority with additional funds under its Household Support Fund. Therefore, you’ll need to contact your local council directly to find out more about how you can apply and whether you qualify for the additional funds.

You can apply for funding up until March 2022.

Additional advice and support

If you’re finding it hard to cover your costs or you’d like to find out more about how you can save money on your energy bills and more, you may be eligible for additional grants or discount schemes to help you. In addition, our winter–ready page has lots of advice and support on ways to help you save this winter.

Contact us

Our Advice and Wellbeing team is available and ready to talk to you if you have any concerns about your financial situation.

Our wellbeing specialists offer free and confidential advice to help you find the right support, access the benefits and grants you’re entitled to, manage your money and more.

If you’d like to speak to our Advice and Wellbeing team, please contact us.