UK households most in need of help with buying essentials over the winter will be able to access a £500 million support fund as part of the Government’s Household Support Fund.
The funding has been distributed to councils in England to directly help those struggling with the rising cost of living, and is expected to have been spent by 31 March 2022 inclusive.
In Harrow the fund will be distributed through vouchers to meet daily needs such as food, clothing and utilities. Schools will also distribute vouchers to parents of pupils on Free School Meals (FSM) so support will also continue in the school holidays. There will also be an emergency support scheme through Citizens Advice.
Who can receive support
Harrow schools will provide support through the holidays to households with children who receive free school meals. This is for Christmas, February half term and Easter.
Working age households with an active Council Tax Support claim on 29 November 2021, will be issued a voucher in December. Vouchers will also be issued to households with children who live in Emergency Accommodation and receive Housing Benefit.
You don’t need to do anything to receive a voucher. If you qualify, we will send you one in the post.
The emergency support scheme is to help people buy essential items such as topping up a gas or electricity meter. If you are a Harrow resident and are struggling financially to afford essential items, you can apply to the emergency support scheme by contacting Citizens Advice Harrow (see below).
The Council has also given part of the funding toward HelpHarrow to ensure this essential food resource can continue to support residents.
How to 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.
If you would like to apply to the emergency support scheme, Citizens Advice Harrow will assist you in submitting an application. You can contact them in the following ways when the scheme launches on Monday 29th November 2021:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call: 0808 250 5705
The scheme will close on 18 March 2022.
You can also register with HelpHarrow directly if you would like assistance with food.