Household Support Grant 2021: Information for residents of Central Bedfordshire

Financial support for your family, during winter 2021/2022

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new HSG which replaces the COVID-19 Local Support Grant. We will be providing funding for eligible households in a number of ways including supermarket vouchers for households, direct provision of food and grants to third parties (with the exception of debt advice provision).

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

To be eligible, you need to live in Central Bedfordshire and meet one or more of the following criteria, as a household:

  • children eligible for free school meals 
  • children eligible for 2-year-old funding/Early Years Pupil Premium 
  • child or young person attending Shuttleworth College eligible for free school meals
  • care leavers (a young adult aged between 18 and 25 years old that has previously spent time in care before they were 18 years old)
  • living in either a council-managed caravan site or permanent, legally licensed (with planning permission), residential park home, where applicants are in receipt of certain welfare benefits or have a household income of less than £30,000 and have a park home with an EPC rating between E and G
  • be a Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) claimant, whose award is assessed using our Protected Working Age LCTS scheme and who are treated as having at least one child or young person in their household as of the qualifying date for the Household Support Grant (find out more about protection for vulnerable people)
  • in a household eligible for local welfare provision

Definition of a child

For the puposes of this support, a child is defined as any person:

  • who will be under the age of 19 as at 31 March 2022 or
  • aged 19 or over in respect of whom a child-related benefit (for example, Child Benefit) is paid or free school meals are provided

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

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

Christmas holidays (£60 total)

Christmas holiday support includes:

  • help with the cost of food for two weeks (£15 per week = £30)
  • offsetting utility household costs for two weeks (£15 per week = £30) 

February half term (£30 total)

February half term support includes:

  • help with the cost of food for one week (£15)
  • offsetting utility household costs for one week (£15)

Eligible parents and 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. Find out how to apply for free school meals.

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.

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:

Christmas holidays (£60 total)

Christmas holiday support includes:

  • help with the cost of food for two weeks (£15 per week = £30)
  • offsetting utility household costs for two weeks (£15 per week = £30) 

February half term (£30 total)

February half term support includes:

  • help with the cost of food for one week (£15)
  • offsetting utility household costs for one week (£15)

Eligible parents and 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 can't locate vouchers without this information.

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

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

Christmas holidays (£60 total)

Christmas holiday support includes:

  • help with the cost of food for two weeks (£15 per week = £30)
  • offsetting utility household costs for two weeks (£15 per week = £30)

February half term (£30 total)

February half term support includes:

  • help with the cost of food for one week (£15)
  • offsetting utility household costs for one week (£15)

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 each of the following holiday periods:

Christmas holidays (£60 total)

Christmas holiday support includes:

  • help with the cost of food for two weeks (£15 per week = £30)
  • offsetting utility household costs for two weeks (£15 per week = £30)

February Half Term (£30 total)

February half term support includes:

  • help with the cost of food for one week (£15)
  • offsetting utility household costs for one week (£15)

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 adviser.

Council-managed caravan site or permanent, legally licensed residential park home residents

To be eligible, applicants must be in receipt of certain welfare benefits or have a household income of less than £30,000 and have a park home with an EPC rating between E and G. Each eligible household will be entitled to one supermarket voucher worth £90.

The £90 has been calculated to cover the following: 

  • help with the cost of food for two weeks at Christmas (£15 per week = £30 total)
  • offsetting utility household costs for four weeks over the winter period (£15 per week = £60 total)

All households living on relevant sites will receive a letter by post before 15 December 2021 providing details on how to apply.

Local welfare provision

The emergency and grant provision funding has been topped up by the Household Support Grant. Find out more about emergency and grant provision funding.

Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) claimants

Each eligible household will be entitled to one supermarket voucher worth £90. 

The £90 has been calculated to cover the following: 

  • help with the cost of food for two weeks at Christmas (£15 per week = £30 total)
  • offsetting utility household costs for four weeks over the winter period (£15 per week = £60 total)

All eligible households will receive a letter via email or post before 15 December 2021. If you have any questions, please email systemsandcontrols@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Funded organisations

We have also provided funding to a number of organisations.

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

These organisation are: