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Household Support Fund

Extension Household Support Fund (HSF)

In March 2022, the Government announced the extension of the Household Support Fund to help eligible people with the rising cost of living. The scheme is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions and Harrow Council is responsible for distributing the funding.

About the fund

UK households most in need will be offered help through a number of schemes to cover their energy bills and daily essentials.

The grant is aimed at helping families, pensioners and individuals who may struggle to pay for basic living costs, such as:

  • food
  • energy
  • water bills
  • wider essentials such as sanitary products, clothing, soap, blankets.

Who is eligible for support?

Households at risk of homelessness from private rented, temporary and council rented accommodation

  • Council tenants - targeted at single people and those with disabilities.
  • Emergency and temporary accommodation households - targeted at those who are vulnerable.

You don't need to do anything to receive this extra support. You will be contacted by a council representative if you qualify for additional support to cover your rent payments.

Pensioners in receipt of Council Tax Support

These residents have received a one-off voucher code via the Post Office Payout® voucher scheme. Eligible pensioners have received their letters by post and should redeem their codes in any post office branch in the next two months.

If you are eligible, you don’t need to do anything to receive a voucher. If you qualify, you will have received a voucher code in the post.

Households with children who live in Emergency Accommodation and receive Housing Benefit 

These residents have been awarded a one-off voucher code via the Post Office Payout® voucher scheme. Eligible households have received their letters by post and should redeem their codes in any post office branch in the next two months.

If you are eligible, you don’t need to do anything to receive a voucher. If you qualify, you will have received a voucher code in the post.

How long will the scheme run for?

The current scheme will close on 30 September 2022 and all funding is expected to have been spent by then.

Other support for families and residents

Community Hub & Help Harrow

The Council has also allocated part of the funding towards Harrow’s Community Hub via the initiative HelpHarrow to ensure this essential food resource can continue to support residents.

Free School Meals (FSM) holiday vouchers

Harrow schools will provide support through the summer holidays to households with children who receive Free School Meals (FSM). This will cover the May half term break, as well as the 6 weeks of summer holidays. If your children already receive income-related FSM, you don’t need to do anything. Your school will issue the vouchers to you.

Holiday activities and food programme

School age children and young people eligible for income related Free School Meals can take part in fun and enriching activities for free over the school Easter, summer and Christmas holidays through the Holiday Activities and Food programme.

Get in touch

We will contact you if you qualify to receive a voucher, so you don’t need to do anything for this part of the scheme.

You can also register with HelpHarrow directly if you would like assistance with food.

Household Support Fund contact

Access Harrow

Telephone: 020 8863 5611