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£3.9million will help children and pensioners in Worcestershire this summer

Household Support Fund Banner Published Friday, 1st July 2022

Pensioners, school children and other vulnerable households in Worcestershire will continue to get support through the extension of the Household Support Fund.

Following a Worcestershire County Council cabinet meeting today, plans for the additional £3.9million in the Household Support Fund have been endorsed, meaning the fund will be available to support those most in need until the end of September 2022.

£1 million of the £3.9million will be used to support those eligible for free school meals. Coordinated through schools, those children receiving free school meals will receive equivalent support during the first two weeks of the summer holidays.

Just over £1million will also be available as cashable vouchers for pension credit recipients and other pensioners on low incomes will be able to access support through the Worcestershire Advice Network.

Other eligible people will be able to access assistance with food and other essentials through a variety of organisations working at a local level with their District Councils or help with their energy bills through Act On Energy who are delivering a programme of support measures on behalf of Worcestershire County Council.

Worcestershire County Council’s Here2Help service will be on hand to help with directing people to the support they are eligible for.

Councillor Marcus Hart cabinet member with responsibility for communities at Worcestershire County Council said, “This funding will make a real difference to those in our community who are in need of extra support this summer.

“As household bills are rising, it can be a worrying time for families that may already be struggling. The Household Support Fund will help alleviate some of those worries and support vulnerable people this summer.”

The further £3.9million was allocated to Worcestershire by the Chancellor in the Spring Statement 2022 and will help support those who may struggle with the increase in the cost of living.

More information about how to access support can be found on the Household Support Fund pages of the Worcestershire County Council website. 

Eligibility for support through Act on Energy can be found on the dedicated pages of the Act on Energy website.

Eligibility for pensioner support across the county through Age UK Worcester and Malvern Hills can be found by calling 01905 724294 or  01684 560666

Information about support available across the county can be found through the dedicated pages of the Here2Help website.