Submitted by John on 20 Jan 2023 - 1:05pm
The government has provided extra funding from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023. This funding is to help towards energy costs, water bills and food as well as other essential costs such as Council Tax. You may be eligible for extra financial support based on your circumstances. They can offer targeted support to those most in need during the winter period. The following information is from Middlesbrough Council.
Households with children
Middlesbrough Council is now accepting applications from families:
- with children under the age of 5, where another child in the household is eligible for income related-free school meals
- whose children attend a school outside Middlesbrough but live in Middlesbrough, and they are eligible for income-related free school meals
- whose children are not eligible for income related-free school meals, but the household is getting Council Tax Reduction
If your application is approved, you'll get a voucher worth £60 per child. It will either be a supermarket voucher or an energy voucher, depending on your circumstances.
If you're eligible for a grant, and your application form is completed correctly, you'll get your grant within 21 days. If we need more information, or if you're not eligible for a grant, we'll let you know. You do not need to contact us to ask about your application.
Households with and without children
If you've already received a Household Support Fund payment in the last 3 months, you cannot apply for another one. Please check back in April 2023 when our new scheme starts.
Phase 2 of the Household Support Fund is to support people who have not had a cost of living payment from the government or a Household Support Fund payment since 26 September 2022. Phase 2 is open to both single people and couples, whether you have children or not.
Households not getting benefits
If you're a single person, you must have an income of £25,000 or less (before tax). You must also have less than £6,000 in savings.
If you're a couple living together, you must have an income of £45,000 or less (before tax). You must also have less than £6,000 in savings.
To be eligible, you must not be getting any of these benefits (or only have been getting them since 26 September 2022)