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Household Support Fund round 5

As part of its response to the rising cost of living, the Government has announced that the fifth 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 £15 weekly payment will be made for each eligible child for Easter 2024
  • A £12 weekly payment for each eligible child will cover the summer holidays 2024.


In Darlington the Household Support Fund is being delivered by a range of voluntary sector partners.

Foodbank supplies

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
  • Befriending

Support for Vulnerable Groups through the voluntary and community sector

If you feel you are in need of support please contact:

Darlington Connect

Darlington connect is based in the town centre at 6 Northgate (next to Costa Coffee). Call in Monday to Friday 9am to 3:30pm

You can get support such as:

  • Access into health and wellbeing services
  • Referrals into a range of specialist support agencies
  • Cost of living advice
  • Community engagement

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