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Household support fund

The household support fund (HSF) is available to help Derbyshire residents facing financial hardship over the coming months by providing grants and other financial support.

The HSF was originally provided to us by the Department for Work and Pensions to cover the period October 2021 to the end of March 2022. In the Spring Statement the Chancellor announced further HSF funds to cover the summer period up to 30 September 2022.

All payments and financial support provided by the fund must be awarded before the fund closes on 30 September 2022.

Household support fund grants

Households facing financial hardship can apply for a grant to help towards their food, energy bills and essential living costs.

Households can access a maximum of 2 payments in the period between April and 30 September 2022.

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 payments from the ECP scheme 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 first HSF period (October 2021 to March 2022) do not count towards the maximum 2 payments available between April and 30 September 2022.

How to 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 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 aged 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
  • we'll 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 July 2022

Eligible households will automatically receive a one-off food voucher worth around £50.

The vouchers will be available for:

No application is needed. Vouchers will be sent by email or text message.

District and borough councils

District and borough councils have been awarded government funds to help residents with council tax and rent arrears, homelessness and temporary housing where other existing schemes do not apply or are not available.

Households in Derbyshire in Council Tax bands A to D will also be receiving a £150 Council Tax rebate through their district or borough council from a separate government funding allocation.

Please contact your local district or borough council to find out about other 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 households who are facing hardship.

The terms of the HSF grant require that a percentage of the overall fund is distributed to pensioner households who are facing hardship. We're currently working with our partnership organisations to identify pensioners in need and ensure they are able to access financial support. More details about how this support will be made available will be shared as soon as they are confirmed.

Healthy start scheme

If you are more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under the age of 4 and are on a low income, you may be able to apply for free healthy start vouchers to spend on milk, plain fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk.  Free vitamins are also available.

Holiday activities and food programme

Free healthy meals and activities will be available during the summer school holidays for children aged 5 to 16 who receive benefit related free school meals. The sessions are provided by local organisations at community centres, school sites and other venues across Derbyshire.