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The Household Support Fund is money given to Norfolk by the Government to help people who are struggling with everyday costs. You cannot apply directly to the Household Support Fund, but you can apply to the support schemes it funds.
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About the Household Support Fund
The Household Support Fund is £6.67m the Government has given Norfolk to support residents who are struggling to pay their energy and utility bills. This includes support for single households, families with or without children, older people and disabled people. This funding runs from October to April 2023.
We are adding an extra £1.2 million to the fund so that we can reach out and support a wide range of households in need.
Our scheme will:
- Give families flexibility and choice in our support by providing a monthly cost of living voucher for families eligible for free school meals. Running from November to April, this will support families to budget and give them choice, helping them to plan for birthdays and holidays, or offset against other bills.
- Provide the Norfolk Assistance Scheme with funding to cover expected demand for utilities and fuel support including the purchase of oil
- Provide funding to District Councils to support households emergency support needs, rent arrears and council tax arrears
- See us working with local voluntary sector organisations and charities providing grants for cash payments and energy bill payments
- Working with the Norfolk Community Foundation to help local organisations and community groups to provide warm spaces within their communities
- Funding to libraries to enable all Norfolk libraries to offer free hygiene packs with essential toiletry and sanitary products as well as ‘warm and well’ packs including items such as blankets, socks and gloves. Libraries will also be offering self-serve hot drinks this winter during their opening hours
The Norfolk Assistance Scheme will continue to play a key role.
View the latest press release.
The Household Support funding follows on from the £6.67m Norfolk received from the Government in April 2022, which we used to support people over the summer period. We successfully drew down all of the funding from this first phase and we have used what we learnt to develop our new targeted approach, focused on providing help to the widest groups of residents needing support.