Support is available to households in Birmingham over the winter using funding from the government’s Household Support Fund.

You can see further information on the announcement about the Household Support Fund on the GOV.UK website https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-500m-support-for-vulnerable-households-over-winter

 

Update: 25th March 2022

Due to extremely high levels of demand, the hardship grant funding available from the Household Support Fund has now been distributed in full, and therefore the fund is now closed to new enquiries.

Please be advised if you have already made contact with your locality lead or a trusted partner before 25th March 2022, there is no requirement for you to call or email your locality lead or a trusted partner for a progress update. They will make contact with you directly to discuss your application.

Update: 7th March 2022

Applications for Hardship Grants from the Household Support Fund are now being accepted again from trusted partner agencies in partnership with the 10 lead agencies across the city.

We reserve the right to close the fund to new applicants at short notice should the profiling of the applicants in the system indicate the remaining funding will be distributed in full.

What support is available?

Grants may be applied for up to £150 per household. Each household is only eligible for one grant award payment. If you have previously received a hardship grant award from the Household Support Fund, please do not reapply as your application will be rejected.

As part of the application process, individuals will be signposted to other support available to them in the locality such as: money and welfare advice, utility support, food bank/pantry, and connect families with local community resources.

There are 5 categories of support that can be applied for:

  1. Food
  2. Gas, electricity, water
  3. Essentials linked to gas/electricity/water costs
  4. Wider essentials
  5. Housing costs 

The focus of this fund is intended to support households experiencing hardship by supporting them to meet costs associated with food and/or gas electricity, and water usage.

Support from this fund does not cover recent Government announcements in February 2022 in relation to £150 Council Tax rebates or the £200 energy utility provider support announced by the HM Treasury.

Who is eligible?

Applicants will need to undergo an assessment process, with a trusted partner agency, to determine eligibility to access the fund.

In order to apply, households with children must be entitled to Free School Meals (or Healthy Start Vouchers for households with pre-school age children).

For households without children, we are accepting applications from households where at least one person is in receipt of one or more of the following means tested benefits:

  • Council Tax Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Social Funds (Cold Weather Payment, Funeral Payment, Sure Start Maternity Grant)
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

How are grants paid?

Hardship grants are paid directly into the applicant’s bank account. Alternative arrangements can be put in place if you do not have access to your own bank account.

This process can take up to a total of 7 working days in order to complete necessary financial checks, including fraud detection measures.

If you have a query regarding an existing application please contact the trusted partner organisation who submitted the application on your behalf in the first instance. 

Please do not contact trusted partners until 7 working days after your application has been submitted as they may not be able to provide an update on the progress before this time.