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Household Support Fund Opening 2 May

Another Household Support Fund to help those struggling with food and energy costs will open at 9am on 2 May. Please apply here.

Government announce two new support schemes

The Government is launching two new support schemes:

  • Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS) Alternative Funding - 
  • Alternative Fuel Payment (AFP)

More information is available here.

Households to get new cost-of-living payments from spring 2023

The £900 payment for over eight million eligible means-tested benefits claimants (including those on Universal Credit, Pension Credit and tax credits) starts in spring. Payments will go directly to bank accounts in three payments over the course of the financial year. There will also be a separate £150 for over six million disabled people and £300 for over eight million pensioners on top of their winter fuel payment.

Payments will be made automatically if individuals are eligible and there will be no need to apply. Claimants who are eligible for any of the cost-of-living payments and receive tax credits, and no other means-tested benefits, will receive payment from HM Revenue and Customs shortly after DWP payments are issued. Find out more here.