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Household Support Fund

The new Household Support Fund has replaced the Covid Local Grant Scheme (CLGS). Professionals can make referrals here.

In October 2021, the Government announced £3.6 million of further funding to support vulnerable children and families. The new household support fund has replaced last winter's Covid Local Grant Scheme (CLGS).

The primary policy objectives behind the scheme are to support families and individuals with food, energy and utility costs over the winter.

This includes provision for other vulnerable families, not just those eligible for free school meals.

The fund runs until 31 March 2022 with referrals open until 14 March 2022.

Vouchers and financial support from the fund can be used to help with food or energy bills and any of the following:

  • Support with gas, electricity and water bills
  • Supermarket vouchers which can be used for food, essential kitchen equipment like cookers or fridges or other necessary essentials such as warm clothing and bedding.

Who can access the scheme

Many families in Leicestershire have seen their financial or family circumstances change due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. If the individual or family you are referring are on a low income and receive certain benefits, they may be able to get vouchers or financial support through the household support fund.

A referral must be made on behalf of applicants, from a professional support worker or agency. No direct applications will be accepted.

Those who may be eligible might include:

  • Families with vulnerable children aged 0-5 or that may not qualify for FSM that are known to social workers and Children and Family Wellbeing Service but are not accessing FEEE
  • Vulnerable families with or without children
  • Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people
  • Gypsy, traveller or show persons and other vehicle dwelling communities

Individuals and families may also be able to get support if they receive any of the following:

  • income support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Applications must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. The applicant must be a resident of Leicestershire over 16 years old
  2. A family with or without children who are experiencing financial hardship, which means that they are struggling to feed their family, to heat their home, or with other household/utility costs etc
  3. Had their and/or their children’s identity verified by the professional submitting the application, by using a form of photo ID (confirming the lead claimant’s identity) e.g. driving licence, passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate
  4. Had their proof of address verified by the professional (confirming their residence) e.g. benefits letter, bank statement, utility bill, Council Tax bill. If homeless confirmation that they are currently homeless in Leicestershire (from a professional)
  5. Eligibility confirmed by the suitable professional making the application. Evidence of financial hardship could include but is not limited to: difficulties and/or arrears due to inflationary energy costs those who have been made redundant and have not yet received universal credit, or other loss of household income.

What about 0-5 early years children?

Children who are attending early years provision at a childminder, pre-school or day nursery may be entitled to the vouchers. If your child is entitled to 2-year-old Free Early Education (FEEE) or Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) and is in an early years setting talk to your provider about how you can receive your vouchers.

What about other school holidays?

This scheme will operate between 24 November and 31 March 2022, unless the funding is used up before that date.

This means both Christmas holiday, February half-term and Easter holidays will be included.

We will accept applications up to 14 March 2022.

Will there be any changes to the fund?

If we need to make any changes, we’ll publish and updated policy on this webpage. All applications received the day after any published changes will be assessed in line with the new policy.

Applying for the Household Support Fund

If the individual or family meet the eligibility criteria outlined above, you can apply online.

By filling in the form below, you are accepting accountability for successful applications.

As the referrer, you will be the main point of contact responsible for ensuring applicants receive instructions on how to get their vouchers. Please refer to the Successful applications for further details.

Apply online for the Household Support Fund

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Should you have any questions about the person you are referring, or you would like to know more contact the Household Support Fund team by emailing householdsupportfund@leics.gov.uk.

The above email address is for referee use only and should not be shared or used by the person you are applying on behalf of.

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