The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently announced a further round of the Household Support Fund (HSF) grant for Worcestershire to cover the period 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023. This fund is designed to be used to support households in the most need particularly those including families with children of all ages, pensioners, unpaid carers, care leavers, and people with disabilities who would otherwise struggle with energy bills, food and water bills.
The Household Support Fund (HSF) will provide support to those most in need by providing vouchers or payments to eligible households or making direct provisions to help with food and goods.
How can I apply for the household support fund?
Act on Energy are providing support for energy costs across Worcestershire. The scheme is currently open for new applications.
Eligibility criteria for support is not restricted to solely vulnerable households in receipt of benefits, but criteria will be applied for the different elements of support on offer.
Further information on the wider local support available can be found through Here2Help Worcestershire, including a directory of community services.
Pensioners on a low income are also encouraged to contact Age UK Worcester and Malvern to see if they are eligible for any support by calling 01905 724294.
Help with food and other essentials
Help with food and other essentials may also be available via your local District Council or their partner organisations. Information about what is available and eligibility can be found via their websites:
To seek support for food and other essentials Here2Help food and supplies
Claiming Free School Meal Vouchers during the school holidays
The council will be looking to extend this offer with further support for families who qualify for a Free School meal in the holidays until the end of March 2023. Currently you will need to contact your school directly regarding the issuing of Free School Meal vouchers during school holidays.
Additional support with holiday activities and lunch is also available for families via the Ready Steady Worcestershire programme Ready Steady Worcestershire
Healthy Start is a Government Scheme that provides weekly vouchers to eligible parents and can help you if you’re pregnant or have a young child under four. These vouchers can be spent on milk, fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk at your local shops and supermarkets, as well as offering coupons for free vitamins too.
For more information about the scheme, visit Healthy Start | Healthy Start | Worcestershire County Council