Household Support Fund

Telford & Wrekin Council has been allocated £1.5 million of funding by the Department for Work and Pensions to support residents who are struggling to make ends meet this winter.

The funding can be used for vouchers and services to resolve financial problems that residents may face as a result of the expected increase in household costs this winter.

In Telford and Wrekin, the funding will:

  • Support the continued provision of food vouchers during the school holidays for children who would usually be entitled to Free School Meals. These supermarket vouchers, for £15 per child per week, will be provided for the October half-term, Christmas, February half-term and Easter school holidays.
  • Provide a small grant in January 2022 for families in the borough on the lowest incomes. These families must be in receipt of either:
    • Free School Meals
    • Early Years Pupil Premium
    • Universal Credit, be eligible for free prescriptions based on their income and be in receipt of Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction.
  • Provide a small grant in January 2022 to pension age residents receiving Guaranteed Pension Credit and in receipt of either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction.

The funding will also provide an additional £50 grant for any customer who qualifies for help through our Emergency Welfare Assistance, Discretionary Housing Payment or Council Tax Reduction Hardship Payment schemes between November 2021 and March 2022.

All of the grant awards will be made in the form of energy or supermarket vouchers.

We will contact residents directly who qualify with details of how to redeem their voucher.

Supermarket vouchers are also being provided to other agencies who offer support in the borough, for them to distribute directly to help people with food, utility and other costs.

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Last updated: 20/01/2022 12:00