New phase of Household Support Fund launched 


Tuesday, 14 June, 2022

Grey house graphic sitting in yellow handThe latest phase of the Household Support Fund (HSF) is now open to applications in Surrey Heath. 

The Government funded scheme is aimed at vulnerable households struggling with the rising cost of essential household expenses such as food and utility bills. Grants of up to £100 are available, payable in supermarket vouchers. 

You could be eligible if you live in Surrey Heath and: 

  • are in receipt of means-tested benefits such as Universal Credit or Pension Credit 
  • have children who receive free school meals 
  • are of pensionable age and on a low income. 

How to apply 

SHBC are working in partnership with Citizens Advice Surrey Heath to deliver this scheme, and the quickest way to apply is online on the Citizens Advice Surrey Heath website, or you can call 01276 417906.   

Applications to the current round of this fund close on 30 September 2022, allowing redemption until the end of October 2022. 

The guidance about allocation of funds has changed from the previous phase of the HSF. A minimum of 33% of the total funds allocated are to be awarded to pensioners (defined as being aged 65+), a further 33% to families, with the remainder to be allocated to vulnerable households. The total funding allocation for Surrey Heath is £159,183. 

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Housing, Safeguarding and Support, Cllr Sarah Jane Croke said: “As the increases in the cost of living continue to hit people hard across the Borough, we are pleased to be able to launch the second phase of the Household Support Fund.

"The Council has been working in partnership with Citizens Advice Surrey Heath to administer this fund since the launch of its first phase in November last year, with almost £200,000 distributed so far to those most in need.

"I would urge anyone who is struggling, and may qualify, to apply for this support as soon as possible.”    

More information on the Household Support Fund