On 6 October 2021 the government announced a package of support for vulnerable households. The £500 million Household Support Fund provides £421 million to help vulnerable people in England, with the devolved administrations receiving almost £80 million. The funding is primarily being used to support households with the cost of essentials, although councils have flexibility to best address local needs. At least 50% of the funding is reserved for households with children. The scheme will run until 31 March 2022 when any unspent funds must be returned to the government.
East Sussex County Council received c£3.9m from this fund and have allocated the Council £120,000 to provide support to vulnerable households and cover the Council’s administration costs.
Energy and Water costs – Support will be provided for the following
Food – Support with the costs of food will be provided in vouchers which can be spent in all the main supermarkets. Vouchers will be administered via Huggg
The following weekly allowances for food vouchers will be given:
|Child||£15 per week each|
|Adult||£25 per week each|
Applicants can apply for both food scheme and the utilities scheme up to the limit of each individual scheme.
Applications can be made here