Government raises £500m support fund for vulnerable households this winter

22 November 2021

The Household Support Fund – totalling £500m – has been launched to support millions of vulnerable households in England.

The fund will be distributed by councils in England, since councils ‘know their local areas best and can directly help those who need it most’. One way it will be distributed is through small grants to meet daily needs such as food, clothing and utilities.

Cash was made available to local authorities in October. The Barnett formula will apply in ‘the usual way’ to additional funding in England, the government said.

So the devolved administrations, who will decided how to allocate the funding, will receive up to £79m of the £500m. Specifically, £41m for the Scottish Government, £25m for the Welsh Government and £14m for the NI Executive.

Thérèse Coffey, secretary of state for work and pensions, said: ‘Our targeted Household Support Fund is here to help those vulnerable households with essential costs as we push through the last stages of our recovery from the pandemic.’

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak added that the new fund ‘will provide a lifeline for those at risk of struggling to keep up with their bills over the winter, adding to the support the government is already providing to help people with the cost of living.’

This new fund will run over winter, and those needing support should contact their local council to help them access the fund, the government outlined.

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