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.

District and Borough Councils have been allocated funding to distribute food vouchers to residents:

£65 voucher for each pensioner who is eligible for Local Council Tax Support and Pension credit or Guaranteed Credit

£30 voucher per household eligible for Local Council Tax Support.

Arrangements are being made to distribute these one-off vouchers through August and September 2022.

Further details will be made available from the District and Borough websites in due course. Further information and updates will be posted on this page.

Schools colleges and early years settings have been allocated a discretionary fund to enable them to provide direct support for food and other wider essentials for families most in need. The support under this grant is for vulnerable households on low incomes and not restricted to households in receipt of state benefits.



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