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Household Support Fund

In March 2022, the government announced an extension to the Household Support Fund. A further £500 million will be available to support those most in need.

The funding is to help towards food, energy bills, and water bills, as well as other essential costs like Council Tax. It will support households which need extra financial support due to their circumstances.

Phase 1

Phase 1 of the Household Support Fund scheme is now complete. Supermarket vouchers worth £60 per child have been sent to households with children who are eligible for free school meals.

If you did not get your voucher, for example if your child attends a school outside of Middlesbrough, you'll need to complete the Household Support Fund application form.

Phase 2

Phase 2 of the scheme is now open. These grants are aimed at pensioners, households with children who are not of school age or who do not get free school meals, and households without children.

If you're eligible for a grant, and your application form is completed correctly, you'll get your grant within 21 days. If we need more information, or you're not eligible for a grant, we'll let you know. You do not need to contact us to ask about your application.

Pensioners

If you've reached state pension age, apply using the pensioner Household Support Fund application form.

You'll be eligible for a payment if you're getting Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or Council Tax Reduction.

If you're not getting either of these, we'll still consider your application if you can show that you're struggling to make essential payments, or you have special circumstances.

Households with children

If you have children outside of school age, or your children do not get free school meals, apply using the Household Support Fund application form.

You'll be eligible for a payment if you've received a voucher for your child who is in school, but you also have other children in the property who you'd like to claim for, or if you're getting Council Tax Reduction or Universal Credit.

We'll also consider your application if you can show that you're struggling to make essential payments, or you have special circumstances.

Households without children

If you do not have children, for example single people or couples without children, apply using the Household Support Fund application form.

You'll be eligible for a payment if you're in a household without children, and you can show that you're struggling to make essential payments, or you have special circumstances.

Council Tax Energy Rebate scheme

We're working hard to make Council Tax Energy Rebate payments. Over 33,000 households have now received their £150 rebate payment.

If you don't pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, or we weren't able to pay your rebate automatically, we'll send you a letter telling you how to apply. To find out when you'll get your letter, check the ward timetable page. For more information about the Council Tax Energy Rebate scheme, visit the Council Tax Energy Rebate page.