Following 2 previous allocations of funding, a third has been made available for use up to 31 March 2023.
All payments and financial support provided by the fund must therefore be awarded before the fund closes at the end of March 2023, although some elements of the planned support may have to end before this date if the funds are all used up.
Household support fund grants
Households facing financial hardship can apply directly for a grant to help towards their food, energy and essential living costs.
Households can access a maximum of 2 payments in the period October 2022 to 31 March 2023
Payments are worth £64 per household plus an extra £20 will be provided for each partner or spouse and each dependent child aged under 19.
Payments are in addition to any support received from the existing Derbyshire Discretionary Fund, which allows eligible residents to receive up to 3 emergency cash payments (ECP) over 12 months.
This means that an eligible household who has already received the maximum of 3 ECP payments and is facing hardship, can apply to the household support fund for additional financial support.
Any household support fund grants previously awarded to a household as part of the previous HSF periods (October 2021 to March 2022 and April 2022 to September 2022) do not count towards the maximum 2 payments available from October 2022 to March 2023.
Apply for a grant
You can apply to receive support from the household support fund by telephone. Please tel: 01629 533399.
When an application is made, we will take some personal information during the call and then an assessor will phone back to discuss the application in more detail.
The assessor will need to know:
- how a person or family is in crisis and what will happen if help is not quickly made available
- what money and savings might be available or have been applied for
Other things to bear in mind
We can only make a grant payment to someone who is over 16, and who lives in Derbyshire.
We can only make grant payments to those who can demonstrate how and why they are facing financial hardship.
We have a limited amount of money and all applications will be assessed on the basis of need, urgency and risk.
Once the allocated funding has been used up this element of the household support fund will close.
We'll seek to share information with applicants about other forms of help and support that are available, which could improve their situation further.
Food support voucher - available from January 2023
Eligible households will automatically receive a one-off food voucher worth around £40 per eligible child / young person.
The vouchers will be available for:
No application is needed - vouchers will be sent by email or text message.
Support for low income pensioners and adults receiving home care - available from February 2023
Eligible households will be contacted to receive a one-off voucher to help with energy costs worth around £65.
The vouchers will be available for:
- pensioners (aged over 66) who are entitled to council tax support (means tested) with their council tax bill
- adults who are receiving home care support from us and are on a low income
Letters explaining the voucher and how to access it will be sent out in the post to eligible households in phases during February 2023.
Local district and borough councils
District and borough councils have been allocated funds to help with council tax and rent arrears, homelessness and temporary housing where other existing schemes do not apply or are not available.
Please contact your local district or borough council about any support available.
Other support available
Funds have also been awarded to local voluntary sector organisations who will work in the community to identify and provide grants to hard-to-reach or isolated pensioner or unpaid carer households who are facing hardship.
For a full explanation of the planned use of the household support fund grant from the Department of Work and Pensions, read the report on the household support fund grant extension on the Derbyshire Democracy website.