Vulnerable households across the country will be able to access a new £500m support fund to help them with essentials over the coming months in a move backed by Maria Caulfield MP.
The new Household Support Fund will support millions of households in England and will be distributed by councils in England, who know their local areas best and can directly help those who need it most, including for example, through small grants to meet daily needs such as food, clothing, and utilities. Cash will be made available to Local Authorities in October 2021.
With more people in work and the economy bouncing back, the Government is focused on investing in jobs and skills – increasing prospects and wages across the country – whilst ensuring those in greatest need can access vital support to help cover every day costs. Alongside this, the government’s Plan for Jobs is helping people move back into employment so they can earn a regular wage, progress and increase their financial resilience.
Families will also continue to benefit from the energy price cap, recent rise in Local Housing Allowance and increases in the National Living Wage.
Maria Caulfield MP said “During the pandemic the government have helped millions of people through a number of schemes including 14,000 people in the Lewes constituency being furloughed. We are going further to help vulnerable people this winter with the Household Support Fund that will provide £500m of support to help with daily needs such as food, clothing and utilities.”
Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions said “Over the last year, we have helped millions of people provide for their families. Many are now back on their feet but we know that some may still need further support. Our targeted Household Support Fund is here to help those vulnerable households with essential costs as we push through the last stages of our recovery from the pandemic.”