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Household support fund

The government recently announced that a new household support fund grant will be made available to support those most in need this winter. The new grant will run until 31 March 2022. 

We will receive £3.4 million to support residents. Around half of this amount will be used to fund free school meals for children during the October half term, Christmas holiday, February half term and Easter holidays for the school year 2021/22. The funding is limited by the Department for Work and Pensions. Once the fund has been exhausted, no further awards can be made. 

The fund will be used to support households in the most need with food, energy, and water bills. It can also be used to support households with essential costs related to those items and with wider essential costs. In exceptional cases of genuine emergency, it can additionally be used to support housing costs where existing housing support schemes do not meet this exceptional need.

The fund will be open to people who:

  • are working age
  • are liable for Council Tax and/or rent in Sandwell
  • are receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment & Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction
  • are suffering financial hardship
  • do not have savings over £3,000

 A maximum of one award in each of the support categories can be awarded per household. 

Please see our Household Support Fund policy for further information. 

The scheme will be open between 8 November 2021 and 9 December 2021. Once you have completed your application, please allow 21 days for us to process it. 

By following the link below, you will be taken to the Grant Approval website to complete your application. 

Please note: As part of the application process you will need to upload proof of your identity and bank details. If you do not provide this information we will be unable to process your claim. 

Apply for help from the Household Support Fund

For help in completing the form please contact our Welfare Rights team on 0121 569 3158.

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