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Household support fund

Energy and food cost support

Applications for 2023/24 are now closed

A new Household Support Fund (HSF) was announced by the UK government in the Budget on Wednesday 6 March. The HSF will cover the period from April 2024 to September 2024. Further information will be added to these pages once full details of the scheme have been finalised.

If you need additional financial help due to exceptional hardship, you may be eligible for help with food, energy or other essentials.

You can apply to the household support fund online, but please be aware that:

  • you can only make one application in any 6 month period
  • if you live with a spouse or partner, you must make a joint application for your household even if your spouse/partner does not apply. Your eligibility will depend on your joint income and savings
  • all applications relating to exceptional support are required to provide proof of household income. We may also request further information relating to your income and expenditure during the assessment of your application
  • applications without the necessary supporting evidence may be rejected.

Please be aware that it may take up to four weeks to process your application due to a high volume of requests.

When a decision has been made, we will contact you to confirm the outcome of your application. Please do not contact us for any progress updates as this will only cause further delays.