Household Support Fund

On 26 May 2022, the government announced that the Household Support Fund would be extended from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023, to provide help with the significantly-rising cost of living.

About the Household Support Fund

This new grant funding to local authorities is intended to support low-income households with the cost of food, utilities (and essential goods, in exceptional circumstances) this winter.    

We have received approximately £2 million to support Hillingdon residents. 

This scheme will run until no later than Friday 31 March 2023. Once funds have been exhausted, no further payments will be made.   


Households with children aged 0 to 19-years-old and in receipt of free school meals   

To be eligible for a grant, you must live in a household with children under 19-years-old who attend a school within Hillingdon and be in receipt of at least 1 of the following benefits:  

  • income support  
  • income-based jobseeker's allowance  
  • income-related employment and support allowance  
  • the guaranteed element of pension credit  
  • child tax credit (providing you are not also entitled to working tax credit and your annual gross income is no more than £16,190 )
  • working tax credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit)  
  • universal credit - your household income must be less than £7,400 a year after tax and not including any benefits you get  
  • housing benefit and/or council tax reduction.

Food  

Subject to eligibility, you will receive £15 per child per week for a total period of 4 weeks (covering the 4 weeks of school holidays during the period of the scheme).

This will be split into 3 separate payments:

  • 1st payment will cover the 1-week October 2022 half-term break.
  • 2nd payment will cover the 2-week Christmas break.
  • 3rd payment will cover the 1-week February 2023 half-term break. 

These payments will be made the week before the school holiday period.

Utility costs  

If you are eligible for benefit-related free school meals, in receipt of food assistance and you are a resident in Hillingdon, you will be entitled to a one-off cost of living voucher of £80 per household to help towards your utility costs.  This voucher will be sent to you in January 2023.  

How to apply

We will be contacting households eligible for benefit-related free school meals using the data from schools.  

Important:

  • If your child receives benefit-related free school meals and you have not received a meal voucher, you must contact your child's school to check your eligibility who will then notify Hillingdon Council.    
  • If you think you may be entitled to a payment based on the criteria outlined above and you have children under 5-years-old who are not attending school, or if your child attends an independent special educational needs school, please complete our online form.

Apply for household support grant food vouchers


Care leavers 

To be eligible for a grant, you must be a care leaver who is known to Hillingdon Council and you are currently receiving care leavers' services from Hillingdon Social Care teams. 

Food   

If you are eligible for assistance with food, you will receive a one-off food voucher for £60. This will be emailed to you.  


Low-income households who have not received the cost-of-living payment of £650 

We will make a payment of £650 to residents who, on 1 October 2022, were in receipt of housing benefits only and who were not eligible to the cost-of-living payment paid by the Department for Work and Pensions. 

We will be using the housing benefit database to locate these customers, so there is no need to apply. Payment will be made by the beginning of January 2023.    


Exceptional support/payments   

If you need additional financial assistance, due to exceptional hardship, you may also be eligible for help with food and fuel if you have recently been awarded at least 1 of the following benefits:

  • income support  
  • income-based jobseeker's allowance  
  • income-related employment and support allowance  
  • the guaranteed element of pension credit  
  • child tax credit (providing you are not also entitled to working tax credit and your annual gross income is no more than £16,190 )
  • working tax credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit)  
  • universal credit - your household income must be less than £7,400 a year after tax and not including any benefits you get  
  • housing benefit and/or council tax reduction.

You will not be eligible for help if you:

  • have received a cost-of-living payment of £650
  • have more than £3000 in savings  
  • are already receiving support under the benefit-related free school meal vouchers scheme.

Applications for support are available through your local Citizens Advice Bureau, social worker or your housing officer (where applicable).

Food   

If you are eligible for assistance with food, you will receive a one-off food voucher for £60.  This will be emailed to you.    

Utility costs   

If eligible and you are a resident in Hillingdon, you will be entitled to a one-off cost of living voucher of £80 per household for help towards your cost-of-living costs, providing that you are responsible for paying fuel bills.  This will be emailed to you.


Contact us 

If you need to contact us about your application, please email hsgrant@hillingdon.gov.uk.


Fraud  

You may face prosecution if you have manipulated or falsified your position in order to obtain this payment. If you are found to have made a fraudulent claim, you may be asked to pay the money back.  

We will be contacting residents to check that the information they have provided is correct.   

Page last updated: 24 Nov 2022