Household support fund

Funding has been allocated via the Department of Work and Pensions to help those families who are struggling financially in Surrey. Financial assistance will be available for food, fuel, water and other essentials, and will be distributed via organisations within the county who become aware of those families that are in financial crisis.

Continued funding April to September 2022

Please note: Money from the Household Support Fund will be distributed by organisations as outlined above. It is not something individuals can apply for directly for themselves.

How the latest funding of £5.3m was allocated:

The council decided that £2.2m of the fund would be used to enable the continued provision of food vouchers to eligible children over the Summer holidays. A further £1.7m has been allocated to pensioners via borough and district councils. £1.3m has been set aside as follows:-

  • Surrey Crisis Fund additional support - £150k. See below for contact details.
  • £175k - The county council is also distributing the Household Support Fund through some specific charities to proactively try and reach as many people in need as possible, particularly targeting those charities that work with vulnerable or less well served communities. These are:-
    • Age UK Surrey | Information and Advice a local charity which helps people aged over 50+ make the most of their life. Specifically they have supported the reach and delivery of funds to older people as the take up of funds by older people is low.
    • Food banks, community fridges and food clubs - £200k. Visit Surrey Information Point for information on Food Banks in your area.
    • Stripey Stork is a baby bank that will work with us to deliver support to families in need, items such as warm clothing and blankets etc
    • Surrey Coalition of Disabled People helped with targeting support via their networks and members to reach people with disabilities.
    • Action For Carers will actively support carers. Many carers cannot work due to obvious care duties and find themselves in situations of poverty.
    • Transform Housing will be supporting young people on the cusp of adulthood, these young people often don't have access to support available to families
    • Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum will be utilising their minority ethnic network member organisations to reach those communities and vulnerable households that otherwise may not access forms of support.
    • Surrey Community Action through their existing 'Fuel Poverty Project' will continue to support hundreds of people through their partners and networks Including foodbanks and National Energy Action groups.

The remainder will be distributed via District and Boroughs to support applications from general households separate to funding pensioners.