The Nottinghamshire Household Support Fund (HSF) Phase 3

Demand for completing applications is very high at the moment, this is creating slowness when completing online forms for services across the offer.
Please be patient when completing the form and do not contact the Customer Service Centre as their service is impacted by this too.
We are working on a solution, however you may need to try again later to complete your application, thanks for your patience.

If you have children who receive free school meals and you’ve received a letter from us to say you’re eligible for a winter support payment, you can Apply hereWe're working hard to contact all eligible households as soon as we can, so please bear with us. Until we contact you, you won't be able to complete the application form.

The Government has extended the Household Support Fund (HSF) and provided a further £5.6 million between October 2022 to March 2023 to the County Council to support residents who are struggling to make ends meet due to the current rise in living costs.

For this phase, a one-off Winter Support payment worth on average around £100 for each eligible household to use towards energy and food bills. 

The final amount per household will be proportionately adjusted based on the number of eligible people in the household to help with extra food costs.

How will we spend the money, and who is eligible to receive support from Phase 3 of the HSF?

  • £2 million will be shared among households with children in receipt of free school meals, or with children five or under with equivalent eligibility;
  • £1.55 million will be shared among households where one or more person is in receipt of or eligible for pension credit;
  • £1.53 million will be shared among any other households who may be facing significant cost of living challenges, particularly those who may not be eligible for other government support;
  • £210,000 will be used to make additional discretionary housing payments to help those who otherwise might face homelessness;

Nottinghamshire County Council continues to work closely with its partners and professionals across the County to identify those most in need.

Frequently asked questions

We are working on how and when we deliver the support and will publicise the details as soon as we can.

If you are receiving pension credit or are eligible for pension credit on 1 October 2022, your household will be entitled to a Winter Support Payment.

If you previously received a payment during Phase 2 of the fund that we transferred directly to your bank account, we will look to send your phase 3 support in the same way. 

For those who have only recently become eligible for Pension Credit, we’ll be posting a letter to you explaining how you can apply for support. 

If your household has become eligible for Pension Credit after 1 October 2022 and before 31 March 2023 you will be able to apply for support.

When the details of how this part of the scheme will work are available, we will publicise them widely.

Households with children receiving Free School Meals on 1st October 2022 will automatically be eligible for a Winter Support Payment. 

The Winter Support Payment will replace food vouchers we had previously given to individual children for school holidays in the period.

We are now working with our schools, early years admissions team, and colleges as well as using other data held to help deliver the support directly to these eligible households.

If your household has become eligible for Free School Meals after 1 October 2022 and before 31 March 2023 you will still be able to apply for support.

When the details of how this part of the scheme will work are available, we will publicise them widely.

Possibly.

An application process is being designed to help identify those struggling households in need, particularly those not eligible for other government cost of living support. 

If your household has become eligible for Pension Credit or Free School Meals after 1 October 2022 but before 31 March 2023, you will be able to receive support through this application process.

We are working with our partners in the county to design the application process in the coming weeks. When the details of how that part of the scheme will work are available, we will publicise them widely.

We are working on how and when we deliver the support and will publicise the details as soon as we can.

 

Further Support  

If you need further help or support, find out more about accessing benefits and other government support that you may be eligible for.

Read more about HSF phase three here: Further cost of living support planned for 50,000 struggling Notts families | Nottinghamshire County Council

Share this page?