Household Support Fund 2022: Information for residents of Central Bedfordshire

Financial support for your family, during April to September 2022

In the Spring Statement, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced that the Household Support Fund (HSF) would be extended from 1 April to 30 September 2022.

We will be providing funding for eligible households in several ways including supermarket vouchers for households, direct provision of food and grants to third parties (except for debt advice provision).

Who is eligible to receive support from the HSF in Central Bedfordshire?

  • residents in Central Bedfordshire
  • any household that meets one or more of the following criteria:
    • eligible for free school meals (this only includes pupils on a school roll/early years setting and eligible up to the end of Friday 22 July 2022)
    • eligible for 2-year-old funding/Early Years Pupil Premium (this only includes pupils on a school roll/early years setting and eligible up to the end of Friday 22 July 2022)
    • a care leaver
    • claimants in receipt of Pension Age Local Council Tax Support
    • households with an annual income less than £30,000 living in a permanent, residential park home or on a council-managed caravan site
  • households eligible for Local Welfare Provision

How to get support

If your household is eligible, please find the criteria below to find out how you can access support.

Child or young person eligible for free school meals (FSM)

Each child eligible for free school meals will be entitled to one supermarket voucher for each of the following periods:

  • May – £15 total: To support with the cost of food (to offset utility household costs) for 1 week
  • July – £90 total: To support with the cost of food (to offset utility household costs) for 6 weeks

Eligible parents/carers – you will receive a text or email inviting you to choose a supermarket for the voucher. Please check with your school/educational setting to see if your child is already eligible for free school meals. Visit our free school meals page for information about how to register.

If you have a question about your voucher, please email covid19.freeschoolmeals@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. Please include the name of your child(ren) and the school they attend – we can't locate vouchers without this information.

Parent/carers will either receive a text message from ‘SchoolMeals’ or an email from vouchers@wonde.com containing their e-voucher instructions.

This only includes pupils on a school roll or in an early years setting and eligible up to the end of Friday 22 July 2022.

Children eligible for 2-year-old funding/Early Years Pupil Premium

Each eligible child will be entitled to one supermarket voucher for each of the following holiday periods:

  • May – £15 total: To support with the cost of food (to offset utility household costs) for 1 week
  • July – £90 total: To support with the cost of food (to offset utility household costs) for 6 weeks

Eligible parents/carers – you will receive a text or email inviting you to choose a supermarket for the voucher. Please check with your early years setting/school to see if your child is already eligible for the 2-year-old funded childcare or early years pupil premium.

If you have a question about your voucher, please email covid19.freeschoolmeals@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. Please include the name of your child(ren) and the early years setting /school they attend. We cannot locate vouchers without this information.

This only includes pupils on a school roll or in an early years setting and eligible up to the end of Friday 22 July 2022.

Child or young person attending Shuttleworth College eligible for free school meals (FSM)

Each eligible child will be entitled to one supermarket voucher for each of the following holiday periods:

  • May – £15 total: To support with the cost of food (to offset utility household costs) for 1 week
  • July – £90 total: To support with the cost of food (to offset utility household costs) for 6 weeks

Eligible children and families will be contacted by Shuttleworth College.

Care leavers

A care leaver is a young adult aged between 18 and 25 years old that has previously spent time in care before they were 18 years old. Each eligible care leaver will be entitled to one supermarket voucher for the following holiday period:

  • July – £90 total: To support with the cost of food (to offset utility household costs) for 6 weeks

Eligible care leavers will receive an email inviting you to choose a supermarket for the voucher. If you have any questions, please contact your personal advisor.

Pension-age claimants in receipt of Local Council Tax Support

Each eligible household will receive £90 in supermarket vouchers to cover food. This support is intended to support and offset overall household costs (e.g. fuel and utilities)

If you have any questions, please email benefits@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Residents of permanent, legally licensed, residential park homes or on council-managed caravan sites with household income of less than £30,000 per year

Each eligible household will receive £90 in supermarket vouchers to cover food. This support is intended to support and offset overall household costs (e.g. fuel and utilities). Residents who received a voucher when applying during the period October 2021 to March 2022 will be sent a voucher for the period April 2022 to September 2022 without needing to apply again, as unless they advise us to the contrary before 17 June 2022 we will presume that they are still eligible.

It is therefore important for residents to advise us at psh@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk before this date if they are no longer eligible due to their household income being £30,000.00 or more, so that we can remove them from the list to receive vouchers. Once this date has passed we will arrange for voucher emails or text messages to be sent to eligible residents using the contact details previously submitted.

Eligible residents who did not receive a voucher previously but wish to apply for this round of funding should contact psh@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Local welfare provision

The Grant and Emergency Provision funding has been topped up by the Household Support Fund. Find out how to apply.

We have also provided funding to a number of organisations

The funding is designed to enable them to distribute food and offer vouchers to offset utility and wider essential support to eligible households. Please contact them directly to find out more about how they can support you.