October 2022 to April 2023
Funds from the Department and Work and Pensions has been split into four categories.
1. Families with children
We will contact families in the week that starts on Monday 9th January 2023.
You will be asked to register for a one off payment of £50 per child. To get this, you must be in receipt of:
- Housing Benefit;
- and/or Council Tax Reduction;
- and/or Free School Meals.
2. Households with a disabled marker on our Welfare and Benefits system
We will contact households in the week that starts on Monday 16th January 2023.
You will be asked to register for a one off payment of £50. To get this, you must be in receipt of:
- Housing Benefit;
- and/or Council Tax Reduction.
This will be in addition to the payment stated above for families with children.
3. Community support for food and other essentials
Some funds will go to local organisations to provide extra support. This is over and above what the Government now provides through national schemes.
We will post more details here after the money has been allocated. This will include what is available and who will provide it.
4. Discretionary Hardship Scheme
We are offering support to households that may not have had financial support directly from the DWP.
You cannot apply if you:
- Are on welfare benefits;
- and have had ‘Cost of Living’ payments from the DWP;
- or have £3,000 or more in savings.
Note: Please allow two weeks before you chase up your application.
Closing date: 31st March 2023.
Apply for the Discretionary Hardship Scheme
If any money remains, a decision will be made as to where it will go by Friday 10th March 2023.
For us to send out the correct award to you in January 2023, we need to know your current status.
Please tell us about any changes in your income or household that we may not be aware of. For example, Personal Independence Payment awards, new baby and such.
- Please see: Change in circumstances.