Support for Households

With the significant rise in the cost of utilities and food, households in Hampshire and Isle of Wight who are struggling to afford necessities, such as food and fuel, will get extra help over the summer months from the connect4communities programme

In the March 2022 Spring Statement, the Government announced that the Household Support Fund (HSF)  would be extended from 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022. Hampshire County Council has been awarded just over £7.1 million, and the Isle of Wight £1.1 million.

At least one third of the total funding is to be spent on families with children and at least one third must be spent on pensioners. In terms of type of support, food and utility bills remain a priority with a greater emphasis on supporting households with energy bills.

Districts and Borough Councils will be providing food vouchers worth £65 for households entitled to pension credit and £30 for households entitled to council tax credits.

Schools, colleges and early years settings will be allocated a discretionary fund, based on the number of pupil places they have.

This will enable them to provide direct support for food and other wider essentials for families that are most in need.

Support under this grant is not restricted to households in receipt of state benefits, it is for vulnerable households on low incomes.

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