Household Support Fund
Household Support Fund
Derbyshire County Council has been awarded funds from the DWP to help support families and households who are facing financial hardship to pay for food, energy and essential living costs over the winter. The fund is known as the Household Support Fund (HSF). Households facing financial hardship can apply to the Household Support Fund for help.
A maximum of two payments can be made worth £64 per household plus an extra £20 will be provided for each partner / spouse and any dependent children.
All payments must be made before the fund closes at the end of March 2022.
Payments are in addition to any support received from the existing Derbyshire Discretionary Fund, which allows eligible residents to receive up to three Emergency Cash Payments (ECP) over 12 months.
This means that an eligible household who has already received the maximum of three payments from the ECP scheme and is facing hardship this winter, can apply to the Household Support Fund for additional financial support.
If you would like further information about the fund, you can find the relevant public information here: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/householdsupportfund
How to apply
You can apply to receive support from the Household Support Fund by telephone. Please tel: 01629 533399.
When an application is made an assessor will take some personal information during the call and then a further assessor will phone back to discuss the application in more detail.
The assessor will need to know:
how a person or family is in crisis and what will happen if help is not quickly made available
what money and savings might be available or have been applied for
Please be aware that payments can only be to someone who is over 16, and who lives in Derbyshire and that there is a limited amount of money and all applications will be assessed on the basis of need, urgency and risk.
Other support available from the Household Support Fund -
Winter food support voucher - available from January / February 2022
Eligible households will automatically receive a one-off food voucher worth around £50. No application is needed.
Housing and Council Tax support
Local district and borough councils have been awarded funds to help with council tax and rent arrears, homelessness and temporary housing.