Household Support Fund round 4
As part of its response to the rising cost of living, the Government has announced that the fourth phase of Household Support Fund should be used to support households most in need; particularly those that were not eligible for other Government support, such as the Cost-of-Living Payments.
For more information on the other cost of living support available, please see the Government's Cost of Living Hub.
Support to families with children eligible for free school meals:
All Free School Meal payments will be managed by individual schools.
- A £12 weekly payment for each eligible child will cover the summer holidays in 2023
- A £15 weekly payment will be made for each eligible child for the Easter, Spring, Autumn and Christmas 2023 and February 2024 holidays.
Fuel vouchers for eligible families
£49 fuel vouchers will be available to families/individuals. Referrals will be made from Darlington Borough Council, schools and voluntary & community Sector organisations.
Darlington based foodbanks will be able to access additional food supplies without relying solely on donations to help them meet demand.
Provision for older residents
Age UK will offer a package of support to residents aged 55+ which includes the following:
- Home energy checks
- Meals at home
- Lunch clubs
- Subsidised meals in their café
- Attendance at activities
- Respite Care
Support for Vulnerable Groups through the voluntary and community sector
In Darlington the Household Support Fund is being delivered by a range of voluntary sector partners.
If you feel you are in need of support please contact:
Darlington connect is based in the town centre at 6 Northgate (next to Costa Coffee).
Alternatively call 07990 367711 between 10am-3pm Monday to Friday.
You can get support such as:
- help with utility payments, repayments and basic living costs
- access to energy saving devices
- access to health and wellbeing services
- travel costs
- supermarket vouchers