Household Support Fund

The Department for Work and Pensions introduced the Household Support Fund in October 2021 to support vulnerable households with essentials over the winter period. The government have now extended the scheme to 30 September 2022.

Vulnerable households in Salford can now access support to help them with the cost of living and with other essentials over the coming months. The Household Support Fund is being managed and distributed by Salford City Council's Salford Assist team.

Who is eligible for support?

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

How to apply

Apply now for the Household Support Fund

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).

The application also covers questions related to personal demographics to help us ensure that all communities in Salford are supported.

The application deadline is 30 September 2022.

What can the Household Support Fund help with?

The support will mostly be awarded by way of a grant payment to those eligible to assist with things like:

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

Salford City Council are committed to ensuring vulnerable residents are supported in the best way possible and the Household Support Fund will mirror the support Salford City Council offer via their Discretionary Support Scheme - Salford Assist, in the way that all reasonable requests for support will be 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.

We are currently receiving a large number of applications and enquiries for the Household Support Fund and are working to process them. Those who have submitted an application will be contacted soon.

Need help with your application?

If you need help completing the application form or want to speak to a member of our team you can call 0800 011 3998. The phone line is free and is available Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm. You can also visit your local gateway centre or Broughton Hub if you need support with the application and staff will be able to help. Find your nearest centre and the opening hours.

Please note that you will need to have the necessary support documents and evidence to hand when completing the application.

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

How Salford has used the first allocation of the Household Support Fund to help residents

The Household Support Fund has already 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 from Salford Assist 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

This page was last updated on 5 May 2022

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