The Household Support Fund was set up in September 2021 to support vulnerable residents and families pay for essentials over the winter.
This included anything from;
- buying food
- help paying utility bills
- and ensuring free school meals were offered to eligible children
This funding covered the period 6 October 2021 - 31 March 2022
Cornwall Council has secured funding of more than £4.5m to help support households who have been hit the hardest by the national cost of living crisis.
The Household Support Fund – made available by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – is aimed primarily at helping families and pensioners who would otherwise struggle with food and energy bills.
It will provide a one-off payment of £100 to around 16,500 pensioners identified as having low incomes and around 15,500 families with children who are eligible for free school meals will also receive a one-off payment of £80.
This will replace the previous free school meal voucher scheme and details on how to receive it will be publicised in the coming weeks.
The remaining money will be used by the Council and partner organisations such as;
- Volunteer Cornwall,
- Disability Cornwall
- and Community Energy Plus
to help support those most in need.
Accessing other support
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.
- Crisis and Care awards
- Council tax support
- Discretionary housing payments
- Support if you need food
- Transformation Cornwall Grants List
- Help with Food | Let's Talk Cornwall
- Community Energy Plus | Independent Energy Experts
- How to apply – Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)
- Helping hand - support if you are worried about money