Household Support Fund
The Household Support Fund, funded by the Department of Work and Pensions, aims to help households in most need with food, energy vouchers or essential kitchen equipment.
Get housing costs support
In exceptional circumstances, you could apply for support with housing costs:
Am I eligible?
This scheme aims to support those who have not received financial support from the government’s Cost of Living Payments, and the previous phases of the Household Support Fund. It also aims to support those on a low income, have limited savings, and are particularly at risk due to factors such as disabilities or caring for young children.
Can I apply myself?
Yes, you can apply for the following:
- energy bills (including heating, cooking, lighting and water).
You will need a professional referral for the following:
- essential kitchen equipment (cookers, fridge freezers, microwaves and washing machines)
- you can apply separately for support with housing costs.
A referrer can also complete an application on your behalf for support with food and energy bills.
What will I need to provide?
You will be asked to provide evidence of your circumstances, such as:
- last two months bank statements and;
- a recent energy bill showing how much you owe.
Please have these ready to upload with your application form if you are submitting an application online by yourself.
I cannot claim public funds. Can I apply?
People who cannot claim public funds are not eligible to apply for this grant.
There are some exceptions: for example, where someone has community care needs, serious health problems or there is a risk to a child’s wellbeing. In these cases, please contact Children’s Services Duty and Assessment Team (for families with children) or Adult’s Services Duty and Assessment Team (for individuals and couples without children) on 0116 454 1004 who will be able to assess and refer into the scheme.
How will I receive support?
We will look at the information in your application to see what support you need.
If your application is successful, your award will be made in the following ways:
- an e-voucher for food. This will be a contribution towards your spending on these items, not a replacement for your entire budget
- an e-voucher or credit onto your bill for gas, electricity, district heating, water/sewerage
- cookers, fridge freezers, washing machines and microwaves will be delivered. These could be re-used items
- in exceptional cases, rent payments will be made directly to your rent account or landlord.
Where can I use my food e-vouchers?
If you are awarded an e-voucher, you will need to go online to convert this into a gift card for one of the following supermarkets. You can then spend the gift card in store.
- Company Shop Group
Find out how to use your e-voucher (PDF).
Can I apply more than once?
Yes, our application form will be updated to allow second applications to be made starting in October 2023. You will still only be able to receive one award of white goods between May 2023 and March 2024.
How will you decide if I qualify?
We will assess your application and email you to explain our decision. If you were referred by a professional, we will also provide a copy of the email to them.
Can someone apply on my behalf?
Yes, you can ask a family member or friend to apply on your behalf.
How long will this scheme run for?
The scheme will remain open until 28 February 2024.
How do I apply?
The form will reopen and will be available on the following date:
- Wednesday 28 February 2024, 5pm
The form will close after we have received as many applications as we can process before the scheme ends.
Professional referrals are suspended until 31 January 2024. You may be eligible to be referred by one of the following teams if you are receiving support from them:
- Children's social care, through your social worker
- Adult social care and safeguarding, through your social worker
- Via your income management officer, if you are a council tenant in arrears or in need of financial support
- Via your neighbourhood housing officer, if you are a council tenant not in arrears or in need of financial support, or only in need of white goods
- The welfare rights service
- The transitions team.
From 31 January 2024, referrers will be able to complete the form with you on Wednesdays between 9am and 5pm.
We must make sure that all applications are made legitimately.
If you falsely declare your circumstances, provide a false statement, or provide false evidence in support of your application, you may have committed an offence under the Fraud Act 2006.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and financial irregularity. All suspicions of fraud relating to this scheme will be referred to Leicestershire Police.
What other help is available?
We offer a range of advice and support to city residents:
- Benefits and other local support
- Help for households - government advice on cost of living support
- Energy Company Obligation (ECO4 Flex) - aims to improve the energy efficiency of homes occupied by low income, fuel poor and vulnerable households.
- Cost of living hub - find out what support is available to help with the cost of living. This includes income and disability benefits, bills and allowances, childcare, housing and travel.
Frequently asked questions
If we need to make any changes, an updated policy will be published on this page. All applications received the day after any published changes will be assessed in line with that updated policy.
The scheme may close earlier if all the funding has been used.