Household Support Fund

The government's Household Support Fund will help vulnerable households with the rising cost of energy bills and food. Grants have already been awarded by the council to eligible residents under phase one. A second round of funding is now available for eligible households who wish to apply online.

Please note that this fund is only available to East Riding residents.

About the Household Support Fund (HSF)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has provided councils with Household Support Funding (HSF) to support vulnerable households with the rising cost of energy bills and food.

The fund is being used to support households in need, particularly those who may not have been eligible for other recent government support payments but who are still in need.

The Household Support Fund is currently funding the following schemes:

Financial assistance for eligible households - ended

Please note: this phase of the funding is now complete and all eligible households have been contacted.

£400 grant payment - ended

Please note: this phase of the funding ended on 28 February 2023.

£250 grant payment

We have identified households who meet one of the below criteria, and will be making a £250 payment direct to these households.

  • Households who are in receipt of Housing Benefits/Council Tax Support who did not receive the Cost of Living Payment:
    • and also receive specific disability benefits
    • who live in property bandings E, F, G and H
    • families with 5 or more people in the household.

If your Housing Benefit is paid into your bank account, your payment will be sent directly into this account.

All other payments will be issued via a Post Office voucher. If eligible you will automatically receive a letter or email (if we hold an email address for you) with a unique barcode. Please use this to collect your grant payment from the Post Office as soon as possible. The barcodes are valid until 31 March 2023.

Letters and emails are currently being issued.

School holiday support for children who receive free school meals

If your child is eligible for free school meals, due to the family being on a low income, you will receive a £10 supermarket voucher each week. The voucher is to help with food costs during these school holidays:

  • February half-term 2023.

You will also receive an additional £20 supermarket voucher during the Christmas holidays, to support you with the costs of winter essentials for your child, for example warm winter clothing or school uniform.

If your child attends an East Riding school, the school will arrange the voucher for you.

If your child attends a school in another local authority, you must contact us and we will arrange for your voucher to be sent directly to you:

Tel: (01482) 394000

Email: education.welfare@eastriding.gov.uk

Healthy Homes

The Healthy Homes scheme can provide money to help with the cost of repairing or replacing your household's heating system. The scheme is available for both owner occupiers, and private tenants who are responsible for repairing the property's heating system.

Who can apply

You may be eligible for a Healthy Homes payment if someone in your household has a long-term health condition which is made worse by the cold or damp, and you are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • pension credit (guarantee)
  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax or Child Tax Credit with a total household income less than £30,000.

How to apply

To apply, you can:

You may need to provide evidence of your income and the health condition that affects the member of your household.

How the scheme works

The council will get quotes from contractors for the required work, which can't start until everything has been approved and agreed. Payments can't be made for any work done before this, or for any work done by a non-approved contractor. Once the council appointed contractor has completed the work, to the required standard, they will be paid directly.

Citizens Advice Hull and East Riding - Ended

Please note: this funding ended on 14 March 2023.

Humber & Wolds Rural Action - help with heating oil costs

If you use oil as the main heating fuel for your home, you may be eligible for support from Humber & Wolds Rural Action (HWRA) toward the increasing cost. To see if you are eligible, and for details on how to apply, visit:

Humber & Wolds Rural Action website

Please note: after you have applied, HWRA will contact you to discuss how they might be able to help. They run this offer via the YORSwitch bulk oil buying scheme. HWRA will award grants to help towards the cost of heating oil to eligible East Riding residents. This will include free membership to the YORSwitch scheme for the first year (normally £20 per year).

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