The government has provided extra funding from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023. This funding is to help towards energy costs, water bills and food as well as other essential costs such as Council Tax. You may be eligible for extra financial support based on your circumstances.
We’ll be releasing the money in phases, so we can offer targeted support to those most in need during the winter period.
Households with children (phase 1)
We have now issued £60 vouchers to households with children who are eligible for income-related free school meals. The vouchers were issued in early December.
We’re now accepting applications from families:
- with children under the age of 5, where another child in the household is eligible for income related-free school meals
- whose children attend a school outside Middlesbrough but they live in Middlesbrough, and they are eligible for income-related free school meals
- whose children are not eligible for income related-free school meals, but the household is getting Council Tax Reduction
If your application is approved, you'll get a voucher worth £60 per child. The type of voucher you get will depend on your circumstances.
If your energy is on a pre-payment meter, you'll get a voucher for energy.
If your energy is not on a pre-payment meter, you'll get a supermarket voucher.
Households without children (phase 2 - coming soon)
Support will also be available to households without children over the coming weeks. Please check back soon for more information.
We know times are difficult for many people at the moment. If you’re struggling financially and are not currently eligible for help from the Household Support Fund, you may be able to get other help. You can find out more in the cost of living section.
This winter we're also opening up our buildings for anyone who needs to keep warm. As well as a warm welcome and a hot drink, at certain times, you'll be able to get advice on affordable warmth. This includes energy saving tips, changing your supplier, smart meters, and understanding your bills. You can find out more on the warm spaces page.
We’re working with partners including the White Feather Project, Together Middlesbrough, foodbanks, and Middlesbrough Environment City, and providing funding to help them to manage increases in demand.