Thousands of households in line for £421million fund to cover essential costs


Government extends Household Support Fund

Thousands of households are set to benefit from a £421million fund to help cover essential costs as the Government extends its Household Support Fund. Councils in England will be distributing this fund to hard-up residents.

£500million package of support

The latest £421million injection is part of a wider £500million package of support for households across the UK, announced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in the Spring Budget.

How to apply and who qualifies

Qualifying for the Household Support Fund varies depending on where you live, with councils setting their own eligibility criteria. Generally, those on benefits like Universal Credit or a low income are eligible. Contact your local council to find out how to apply.

Other forms of help available

If you don't qualify for the Household Support Fund, many energy companies offer grants to customers struggling with bills. You may also be eligible for government schemes like the Energy Company Obligation and the Great British Insulation scheme to help reduce energy bills and improve home efficiency.