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Household Support Fund (HSF)

This funding, from the Department for Work and Pensions, (DWP) is in place to provide support to our most vulnerable households

We have been given a further £4.6 million to provide support those households who may be struggling with their energy and food costs or who need other essential household items until March 2023. This support is in addition to our fun and food that run during the main school holidays.

What support is on offer

Support is offered in the following ways:

  • a one off food voucher of £110 is being issued by schools and other education establishments to households with children eligible for free school meals (aged 0-19). These should be issued by Friday 16 December 2022. Please note: you have 3 months from receiving your email to go onto the website and choose which supermarket you want your voucher for. Your supermarket voucher is valid for 12 months
  • a grant scheme to target support for vulnerable households without children via professional referrals, for help to purchase essential household items
  • a one-off distribution of food vouchers to care leavers, worth £110 each
  • food/fuel vouchers distributed by partners to target support at vulnerable households without children
  • a discretionary food voucher scheme administered by the council's Housing Solutions team to provide food vouchers to vulnerable households (including temporary accommodation and Gypsy, Roma Traveller households) to help with food costs or to offset their fuel costs
  • a discretionary grant scheme administered by schools to provide clothing/shoes/uniforms etc. for children identified by school staff as those most in need
  • grant allocations to local partners to administer and target support through existing schemes for households experiencing fuel poverty (including County Durham Foodbank and East Durham Trust)
  • grant allocation to the Bread and Butter Thing to support with the provision of fuel/energy costs for "off grid customers" 
  • an allocation of £110 to Kinship carers
  • an allocation of £60,000 to provide feeding family hampers
  • a grant allocation to Durham Carers Centre to support all age carers
  • a grant allocation to other small third sector providers to support individuals with food and energy costs 

Anyone who is struggling, but not identified or supported through this scheme should contact the team administering our Welfare assistance scheme, for advice and information on other support which may be available.