Household Support Fund 2023-2024

What is this for?

The Government allocated further Household Support Funding to Local Authorities to enable them to provide support to those households most in need with the significant increase in the cost of living. Applications for help can be made up to 1 March 2024 at 5pm when the fund closes. No further applications can be accepted after the fund closes.

Who is eligible for a payment?

The City of Doncaster Council has decided to provide help towards food by paying a total of

  • £30 per eligible child for the Easter school holiday period. 
  • £15 per eligible child for the May school holiday period.
  • £90 per eligible child for the Summer school holiday period.

To be eligible for a payment towards food for your children you must be receiving one of the following during the award periods;

  • Housing Benefit,
  • Local Council Tax Reduction,
  • Universal Credit which includes the housing element
  • Means-tested free school meals. 

Households who received a payment for food under the previous Household Support Fund (October 2022 to March 2023) and who still meet the above criteria, were automatically paid and did not need to apply.  Payment was made using the information previously provided.

If you did not receive a payment under the previous Household Support Fund and you meet the above criteria you will have to submit an application.  Applications can be made up to 1 March 2024 at 5pm when the scheme closes.  Applications may close earlier if the funding is spent and no further applications can be accepted after the fund closes.

The City of Doncaster Council has also decided to provide help towards energy bills for people of working age;

  • 1 payment of £75 for the Autumn period.
  • A further payment of £100 for the winter period, paid automatically to those who qualified for the £75 Autumn award.  The additional £100 was paid on 2 February 2024 using the details we already hold.
  • Following this, any new applications that are submitted and eligible, will be paid £175.    

Payment for energy from the Household Support fund is available to working age households who receive any of the following between 1 October 2023 to 1 March 2024 when applications close.  

  • Housing Benefit,
  • Local Council Tax Reduction,
  • Universal Credit which includes the housing element
  • Means-tested free school meals. 

Applications may close earlier than 1 March 2024 if the funding is spent.  Once applications are closed, no further payments can be made.

Funding has also been made available to Doncaster Foodbanks and the Hygiene bank.

What is it going to cost?

Free.

What we need from you

If you satisfy the above criteria and you received a payment under the previous Household Support Fund you will automatically get this payment and will not need to apply.

If you did not receive a payment under the previous Household Support Fund and you meet the above criteria you will have to submit an application.

If you make an application we will ask you to provide

  1. Your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number
  2. Your email address and phone number
  3. Details of a partner if you have one and details of your dependant children
  4. Your bank account details – sort code, account number and name of the account holder unless you choose to be paid by cheque.
  5. If your bank details, email address or phone number change after you have submitted your application, you must tell us straight away to make sure we can pay you any future awards that may become available.

What you should expect from us

We will process your application as soon as we can. 

More information

For further information about the Household Support Fund please visit our web page: Household Support Fund

MoneyHelper brings together the support and services of three government-backed financial guidance providers: the Money Advice Service, the Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise.

Visit: www.moneyhelper.org.uk/ for further information.

If you need any assistance, please contact us by email at HouseholdSupportFund@doncaster.gov.uk, or by telephone on 01302 735336 (option 1).

Privacy Notice 
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Last updated: 14 February 2024 11:48:53