Support for struggling households

5:13pm - 15 December 2021

Support is available for local people who are struggling with their household finances this winter thanks to a new grant.

We’ve been awarded £1.3m from the Government's Household Support Fund to distribute to households in need by the end of March next year.

The money is for vulnerable households to help pay for food, energy and water bills, and other essential items. 

All working age residents who claim council tax support, as well as non-working age council tax support claimants with dependent children, will receive a minimum of a £50 food voucher automatically. This will total £465,000.

As well as this, £100 in food vouchers will be paid for each child receiving free school meals.

One £50 voucher has already been paid and the other half will follow in January. These vouchers total about £542,000.

Charities are also receiving some of the funding.

Grants are being paid to North Somerset's two foodbanks, as well as the Salvation Army and the Handy Person Service for them to support people in need.

Additional money is also available to support people who are unable to meet short-term needs in a crisis, or where they need help to maintain their independence in the community.

This is available through the Welfare Provision Scheme and the amount of help given will depend on individual circumstances. 

We’re committed to reducing inequalities in North Somerset and this additional support will help ensure our financially vulnerable residents get the support they need.

If you find yourself in financial difficulty, we will do our best to support you.

Applications to the Welfare Provision Scheme can be made by calling 01934 888 035 or 0800 138 5665 (10am to 4pm Monday to Friday).