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Household Support Fund

The Household Support Fund is a grant provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help low income households with the rising cost of living.  This includes energy, water, food and help with wider essential costs. 
 
Further funding has been agreed for 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024

This is a limited, fixed fund available until 31st March 2024 or when funds are exhausted. 
 
The expectation is that the fund should be used to support households in the most need, particularly those who may not be eligible for the other support government has recently made available including the Cost of Living Payments.
 
Here is the support we are providing: 
 
Supermarket vouchers of £15.50 for each week of the school holidays for:

  • all children attending Tameside schools registered for a benefits-related Free School Meal
  • families who meet the eligibility criteria for 15 hours free childcare for 2 year olds
  • 3 and 4 years olds in receipt of Early Years Pupil Premium attending Nurseries and Registered Childminders.
  • Care leavers   
  • Support to Students at Tameside College and Ashton Sixth Form College who are eligible for additional financial support through College.
 
The remaining available fund will be targeted at the following priority groups:
 
  • Older people aged over 65 years, not in receipt of Government Cost of Living payments
  • Residents in need of support, not in receipt of Government Cost of Living payments
 

Applications from residents who have received Cost of Living payments will only be considered in exceptional circumstances where the household is in extreme hardship and no other support is available. Evidence may be required depending on the circumstances and consideration will be given as to other support or funding that may be more appropriate.
 
How to apply:
  1. Check you are eligible to apply for the scheme
  2. Make an appointment by either email householdsupportfund@tameside.gov.uk telephone 0161 342 8355 or visit reception in Tameside One, Ashton-under-Lyne.
At the appointment, all applicants will be required to complete an application form and provide information regarding income and outgoings, in addition to the most recent three months bank statements to confirm the need for support from this fund. This will ensure that the fund is disbursed to those in the most need.
 
Other support:  
Local organisations to contact if you are experiencing financial hardship: