Household Support Fund

The Household Support Fund provides help with the rising cost of living. On 17 November 2022 the government announced that the fund would be extended from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.

About the Household Support Fund

This new grant funding to local authorities is intended to support low-income households with the cost of food, utilities and related costs (and essential goods, in exceptional circumstances).  

We have received approximately £3 million from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to support Harrow residents.  

Government Cost of Living Payment

The Household Support Fund is a separate payment to the Government’s Cost of Living Payments which is administered directly by the DWP.

If you're not sure whether you received a Cost of Living Payment, check your bank statements for July, September, October and November 2022. If you qualified for the payments, they would have been paid directly into the same account as your Benefit is paid into.

If you did not receive the first £326 payment, but you believe you should have, because you met the eligibility criteria, you will need to discuss that with the DWP directly. Report a missing Cost of Living Payment.

For more information about how the Government can support you with the rising cost of living, please visit the Government’s Cost of Living Hub. 

How the Household Support Fund is being spent

Details of the next round of applications are yet to be confirmed by Harrow Council. Once confirmed they will be added to this page.