Household Support Fund

The Household Support Fund, provided by the Department for Work and Pensions, was introduced in October 2021 to support vulnerable households with essentials like food, energy and water bills and household items.

The second round of funding was made available to cover the period 1 May 2022 to 30 September 2022 inclusive. Applications for the second round of funding closed on 30 September 2022.

Any applications submitted before 30 September 2022 will still be considered, if you submitted an application before 30 September 2022, you will be contacted in due course.

Autumn 2022 update

We are currently awaiting confirmation from the government for future allocations of funding for the Household Support Fund, to cover the period from November 2022 onwards. The delivery and availability of any future funding is yet to be confirmed by the government.

We will keep this page and our social media channels regularly updated so please check back for updates.

For further details on the previous allocation(s) of the Household Support Fund, please continue down this page.

How Salford has used the Household Support Fund to help residents

The Household Support Fund supported thousands of households and families in Salford and was allocated in different ways. The Household Support Fund was distributed by Salford City Council's Salford Assist team to provide help with food, fuel, gas and electricity, furniture and white goods to residents in financial hardship. Residents could apply directly online for support, but funding was also allocated to:

  • families on Free School Meals
  • families using Early Years Services
  • support for residents via Salford Adult Social Care teams, Welfare Rights and Debt Advice service, Salford Citizen’s Advice and voluntary organisations
  • young people via Youth Provision Services
  • residents with rents arrears via Housing Benefits
  • residents via Community Food Schemes

Who is eligible for support?

Salford residents did not need to be in receipt of benefits to apply for the Household Support Fund, however applicants needed to provide evidence that they did not have the funds themselves to purchase the items requested.

What can the Household Support Fund help with?

Residents who needed support could apply directly for funding online. The support was distributed by Salford City Council's Salford Assist team by way of a grant payment (via vouchers) to those eligible to assist with things like:

  • purchasing food
  • financial support for energy, water and utility bills
  • help to keep homes warm
  • other essential items and support

Please note that funding was not issued via a cash payment.

We are committed to ensuring vulnerable residents are supported in the best way possible and the Household Support Fund mirrored the support Salford City Council offer via their Discretionary Support Scheme - Salford Assist, in the way that all reasonable requests for support were considered. This could be for:

  • household items
  • white goods
  • carpets
  • thermal curtains to keep homes warm

Salford Assist will also help with referrals to other agencies to ensure you are getting the help you need.

How to apply

Applications for the second round of the Household Support Fund closed on 30 September 2022. We are awaiting confirmation from the government for future allocations of funding so please keep checking this webpage and our social media for updates.

Please note that various information is required to complete the application such as your current energy supplier, a recent bank statement and Universal Credit Journal (where applicable).

Further information

The Household Support Fund does not impact on any other benefits you may receive. If you require any further information, please email HSFapplications@salford.gov.uk

This page was last updated on 1 October 2022

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