Household Support Grant

Household Support Grant

The Government has made £421 million available to County Councils and Unitary Authorities in England to support those most in need this winter.

Nottinghamshire has been allocated £5.6 million to support households who would otherwise struggle to buy food, pay essential utility bills, or meet other essential living costs. At least 50% of the funding is ringfenced and must be applied to vulnerable households with children (under 19 years), whilst the remainder (maximum 50%) is available for vulnerable households without children (including individuals).

Aim of the Scheme

The Nottinghamshire funding will be used to provide support to those in immediate need. Although the government funding can be applied to wider categories of expenditure, the Nottinghamshire scheme will focus support primarily to food, energy & water bills, and essentials linked to energy & water bills.

In exceptional cases, it can also be used to support with white goods, wider essentials, and support housing costs. 

Households Eligible for the scheme

Eligible households are those that are in immediate need and fit in one of the following categories: 

  • Parents/guardians with one or more children in the household in the following groups:
    • Eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals. 
    • Not eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals, but where the parent/guardian is receiving one of the following:
      • Council Tax Reduction
      • Housing Benefit
      • Universal Credit that includes housing costs in the calculation
      • Income Support
      • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
      • Income based Employment Support Allowance
      • Working Tax Credits
      • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Single people and couples without children who are receiving one of the following:
    • Council Tax Reduction
    • Housing Benefit
    • Universal Credit that includes housing costs in the calculation
    • Income Support
    • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
    • Income based Employment Support Allowance
    • Working Tax Credits
    • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Care leavers up to the age of 25.
  • Young people with an Education Healthcare Plan aged 19-24 who are eligible for Free School Meals.
  • 2-year old’s accessing a funded childcare place.
  • 3-and 4-year old’s accessing Early Years Pupil Premium.
  • Families, couples, or single adults in any of the following groups:
    • Known to domestic abuse services.
    • No recourse to public funds.
    • Experiencing considerable in-work poverty.
    • Assessed by a professional as in urgent need for food, energy and water support, or in exceptional cases support with housing and white goods. (Following a panel decision – see later).

NOTES:

Households must meet at least one of the eligibility criteria above.

Children eligible for Free School Meals will already have had food provided both during term time and school holidays – therefore applications for food for those children entitled to free school meals should not ordinarily be approved.

Value of the vouchers

Initially, eligible households can receive a maximum of four vouchers per household over the different categories of support up until the 31st of March 2022, one voucher for food, two for energy, and one for water.

The value of the individual vouchers available are set out below. 

Table of individual vouchers available
Category Voucher can be used for Value

Food

A household with one person

£30

Food

A household with two people

£60

Food

A household with three or more people

£90

Energy

A maximum of 2 vouchers for energy for £50 each per household

£49

Water

The value of the voucher for water will be £80 per household

£80

How to apply

The Council will expect most applications to made on behalf of individuals from professional support organisations.  However, applications from self-referrals will be considered.  All applications must be made using the application form on the link below.

www.broxtowe.gov.uk/householdapplication (Opens in a New Window).

Payment of Vouchers

Broxtowe Borough Council will not be responsible for issuing the vouchers.  These will be dealt with by the respective organisation and distributed accordingly. 


Contact
Broxtowe Borough Council
tel: 0115 917 7777