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.

Help towards food for children; The City of Doncaster Council has decided to use the funding to provide help towards food for children by paying a total of

  • £30 per eligible child for the Easter 2023 school holiday period
  • £15 per eligible child for the May 2023 school holiday period
  • £90 per eligible child for the Summer 2023 school holiday period

The funding for food does not extend beyond the summer 2023 period.

Payment will be made for each eligible child in the household regardless of their age.  They must be a dependant child who lives with you as their main carer and you must be receiving Child Benefit or the child element of Universal Credit for them.  If someone else receives Child Benefit or the child element of Universal Credit for them, you are not eligible for a food payment for the child. 

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. 

Applications for food 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.

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

  • 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 will be paid by 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 if the funding is spent and no further applications can be accepted after the fund closes.

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

How payment for food will be made

Households that 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.  Payments were made using the information previously provided.  You only need to contact us if your bank details have changed, or if your email address has changed.

Households that did not receive a payment under the previous Household Support Fund and who meet the qualifying criteria must submit an application.  An application can be made up to 1 March 2024 at 5pm, but applications may close earlier if the funding is spent so you must apply as soon as possible.  When the scheme closes, no further applications can be accepted. If you make an application, you must tell us straight away if your bank details or email address change so we can make sure that you receive any future awards that may be available.

How payment towards energy bills will be made

Working age households who received a payment towards energy bills under the previous Household Support Fund (October 2022 to March 2023) and who still meet the qualifying criteria as at 1 October 2023 were paid automatically and did not need to apply. Payments were made using the information previously provided.  You only need to contact us if your bank details have changed, or if your email address has changed.

Households who receive a payment for food under the current Household Support Fund for Easter, May, Summer 2023 and who still meet the qualifying conditions as at 1 October 2023 were paid automatically and did not need to apply. Payments were made using the information previously provided.  You only need to contact us if your bank details have changed, or if your email address has changed.

A payment of £75 towards energy bills was made at the end of October 2023 and a further payment of £100 was made on 2 February 2024.  Payment is made using the details we already hold so you must tell us if your bank details or email address have changed. 

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. An application can be made up to 1 March 2024 at 5pm, but applications may close earlier if the funding is spent so you must apply as soon as possible.  When the scheme closes, no further applications can be accepted. If you make an application, you must tell us straight away if your bank details or email address change so we can make sure you receive any future awards that may become available.

Make an application

Please also read the Privacy Notice which tells you how we will use the information you provide in your application.

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.  

You can online using the following link:

Apply for the Household Support Fund

Applications will close on 1 March 2024 at 5pm, but may close earlier if the funding is spent so you must apply as soon as possible.  When the scheme closes, no further applications can be accepted. 

Applications can be made by you, your appointee, carer or advocate acting on your behalf. If someone makes the application for you, we may ask for proof that they are acting on your behalf.

It is very important that you give full details about your situation when you apply so that we can make sure we take everything into account when we make a decision.  You must also tell us if you change your bank account or email address.
 

Other Sources of help and support

The Government is making extra payments in some benefits to help with the cost of living, details of who qualifies and when payments will be made are on the gov.uk Cost of Living webpage.

The Government has also put information about the financial help available to cope with the current rising costs on the gov.uk Help for Households webpage.

If you need help or advice: 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.

The Your Life Doncaster website has useful information and tips for saving money, staying healthy and keeping your home warm. Plus support available locally with the cost of living.

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

 

Last updated: 14 February 2024 11:40:36

Did you find this page helpful?