Household support fund information

The Government has created the Household Support Fund to support families with children, other vulnerable households and individuals. The scheme will run from 6 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

We will be providing supermarket vouchers to eligible children and young people in Plymouth who currently receive income based free school meals and those in hardship, to help their families buy groceries over the school holidays. The vouchers will automatically be distributed to families by your child’s school or Early Years setting before each holiday. 

We have also once again partnered with  Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and other organisations to distribute support to meet fuel bills for eligible families and single-person households. From December 2021, those eligible can also seek assistance with boiler repairs/gas safety checks etc. through PEC’s existing contractors.

We will also support homeless people and families to move on from Bed and Breakfast and other forms of temporary accommodation. Our Community Connections Team will work to support people with fuel debt and white goods and associated items, which can be barriers to people moving into permanent accommodation. To find out more about the support available, please look at our homelessness or at risk page.

We will also be working with local voluntary and community sector organisations to distribute help and support such as food and essentials using the Household Support Fund. They will be reaching out to their communities to offer support.

The organisations that receive funding from the Household Support Fund will provide support to families with a child or children, and individuals in need of additional support and can demonstrate hardship, which may include but is not limited to:

  • anyone suffering severe financial hardship, and/or fuel poverty
  • families with child(ren) entitled to free school meals
  • someone age 24 or under with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC)
  • someone age 19 or under classed as not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • a person identified as COVID clinically extremely vulnerable
  • a person who has a physical or sensory impairment, learning disability or mental health problem
  • elderly, frail or confused older people
  • people who are seriously ill or have a severe long term health condition
  • recently unemployed people
  • care leaver
  • those fleeing domestic abuse

For a full list of organisations that can help you with food and essentials, as well as the information and support available, please look on the Plymouth Online Directory.