Household Support Fund Grant

The Government has announced that a new Household Support Fund (HSF) grant will be made available to county councils and unitary authorities in England to support those most in need.

The original HSF grant ran from 6 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, with Lincolnshire receiving £5.46m. Lincolnshire received a further £5.46m during round two, which ran from 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022.

Lincolnshire has been allocated £5.46m for this third round of the HSF, which covers the period from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023. This time, the government has not ring fenced any of this funding for particular groups of people. However, local authorities are asked to give particular consideration to groups who may not have benefitted from any of the recent cost of living support.

Lincolnshire County Council has worked with the seven Lincolnshire District Councils and an allocation of funds has been given to each of the seven Districts. West Lindsey District Council has developed a Household Support Fund Application process which closed on 3 January 2023.

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The Household Support Fund is not an emergency fund and no payments will be made to customers until mid-January 2023. The deadline for making an application was 3 January 2023 - all applications are now being assessed - please do not contact the Council, we will contact all applicants to tell them if their application was successful or not successful by 31 January 2023.

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Additional support

In terms of the type of support, the government has asked local authorities to prioritise supporting households with energy costs, food, essentials linked to energy and water, and wider essentials.

Residents facing financial difficulties can also visit GOV.UK's Help for Households website for details of the other support available.

In addition, there is a Holiday Food and Activity programme for children eligible for benefits related free school meals.

You can also find on your local councils website the Cost of Living support page which gives key information on what support is available and how to access it. As new schemes, advice and support becomes available this page will be kept updated.