Household Support Fund

Cornwall Council has secured £4.5 million pounds from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Known as the Household Support Fund (HSF).

The Fund will primarily be used to provide one-off cash payments of:

  • £80 to pensioners in receipt of pension credit. This will be an automatic payment and you do not need to apply.
  • £80 per child to families with children eligible for benefits related free school meals. This payment will be made direct to families and you do not need to apply.

How to apply for help from the fund

The Council and partner organisations will use the remaining money to help support those most in need. Read details of how the Funds are allocated.

You do not need to apply for the one off cash payments mentioned above. 

You can apply for help from the Household Support Fund by contacting one of the following organisations. 

Community Energy Plus

Help with heating or other home energy costs. Freephone 0800 954 1956 or email

Citizens Advice Cornwall

A wide range of support including debt and benefit advice. Text ADVICE to 78866 and an adviser will contact you.

DisAbility Cornwall & IoS

A wide range of support to people living with a long-term health condition or disability. Call DIAL on 01736 759500 or email

Cornwall Carers Service

Aa range of high quality support services for unpaid Carers throughout Cornwall.

These services include

  • emotional support
  • information, advice and guidance
  • statutory assessment
  • access to grants
  • community support
  • carer specific training
  • dedicated services for Young Adult Carers (16-25 year old Carers) and Young Carers.

Visit the Cornwall Carers website or call 01736 756655.

Volunteer Cornwall

Supporting requests through the Warmth Banks and Community Hubs this winter. Find your nearest space on the Volunteer Cornwall website, speak to one of our Community Makers on 01872 266988 or email

Financial assistance is also available from Cornwall Councils Crisis and Care Awards

Accessing other support

A range of support is already available through a number of organisations and schemes. These can be found on our cost of living support webpage.

The Cornwall Worrying About Money? leaflet is a simple resource for people facing financial crisis and those supporting them.  It helps to quickly see available advice and support options and which agencies are best placed to help.

Citizens Advice Cornwall can also offer a wide range of support including debt and benefit advice. Call 0800 144 88 48, 10am – 4pm Mon-Fri, or text ADVICE to 78866.

Follow the links below for the information and advice currently available for anyone at risk of, or experiencing financial hardship.

Mental Health

People are also reminded that there is a wealth of support available for anyone struggling with their mental health. Please visit our mental health support pages.

If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health call the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 24/7 NHS mental health response line on 0800 038 5300. It's free to access by anyone, any age, any time, day or night.

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