Household Support Fund - 1 April-30 September 2022
The Household Support Fund is a government grant that is aimed to support those most in need to help with the significant rising living costs. This funding covers the period 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022 inclusive.
Ashford Borough Council have been allocated a sum of this national funding pot, by Kent County Council. The funding pot has been divided into two categories:
- Vulnerable pensioners
- Other low income households
Ashford Borough Council has identified some of the lowest income pensioner households. If you are a pensioner in receipt of Council Tax Reduction, you will be allocated £100, per household, from the Household Support Fund. You will receive a letter during July 2022, advising you of how this funding will be paid to you.
If you are a pensioner, not in receipt of Council Tax Reduction, and you believe you are in receipt of a low income and you need help and support from the Household Support Fund, you can apply for support.
Other Low Income Households
Any low income or vulnerable household in Ashford can apply for support through this fund to help with essential household costs as listed below.
- Energy bills that include oil, gas and electric for heating, cooking, lighting
- Water bills
To be eligible for a payment through the Household Support Fund, you must:
- live in the Ashford Borough
- be aged 16 or over
- be in receipt of benefits or be on a low income and able to evidence this. Accepted benefits include:
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax reduction
- not have access to any funds that can be relied on to meet the need is being applied for, and where you would be left with insufficient resources which would cause serious risk to your own, or your family’s, health, or safety
- have less than £1000 in your bank account or in savings and be able to evidence this with a statement dated within the last month
When you are applying for assistance please be clear about what you are requesting support with, this will help us to feed back to Kent County Council and Government about where the demand for this funding has been.
The fund is a fixed amount and therefore once it has been spent, no further payments will be made and the application window will close. Each applicant, if eligible, will be supported with a £200 payment directly to your bank account. There is a current limit of one application per household.
We will accept a referral of support from a professional working with your household, this should happen with your consent.
Complete our Household Support Fund Form to apply. You will be asked to upload a recent bank statement with your online application form.
It is very important that we make sure that all applications to our scheme are made legitimately. Please note that 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. Ashford Borough Council has a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and financial irregularity and any suspicions of fraud relating to this scheme will be referred to the appropriate partnership organisations.
This funding scheme will close on or before the 30 September 2022, this is in line with Government guidance about the allocation of the funding.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you do not provide the information to support your application, such as a bank account statement, we will contact you to confirm what is required. You will have five days to provide the required supporting information, failure to provide in the timeframe will mean that your application is closed.
Once your application has been processed, we will contact you with the outcome.
The scheme does not cover the following:
- Any requests for items that are not essential for example debts incurred by gambling or loans/credit cards, overdrafts, Hire Purchase etc
- Applications from those with sufficient income or savings
- Requests for household items where these are the responsibility of the landlord
- Rent arrears and/or deposits unless meeting exceptional need
We aim to make a decision within five working days of receiving all the required information, but depending on the level of demand for the scheme this may not always be possible and we will then aim for a decision within ten working days.
To speed up the application process please ensure you fully complete the application form and provide all the evidence we have listed or have asked for in follow up correspondence.
This scheme is discretionary and there is no right of appeal, however, if as an applicant you feel that important information has been overlooked you may ask for us to review the application again by emailing the dedicated email firstname.lastname@example.org You will need to provide the reasons along with you name, address and application reference number. This decision will be final.
Following regular review of demand and expenditure against our fund we may need to make changes to ensure we support as many households as possible, any updates will be published on this page. All applications received the day after any published changes will be assessed in line with that updated information about the scheme.
Due to demand it may be necessary to pause applications for support, this will enable staff to work through any backlog and not over commit the funding. The fund is a fixed amount and therefore once it has been spent, no further payments will be made and the application window will close permanently.