Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

Book Icon

Help for working households in cost of living squeeze

A new approach will ensure many working households don’t “slip through the net” during the cost of living squeeze this winter.

Middlesbrough Council has already distributed around £2.3m to residents struggling with rising bills, energy and food costs through the Government’s Household Support Fund.

After listening to feedback, the council has tailored its approach and widened the criteria for its next set of payments to ensure even more people who need help receive it.

Single adult households with a gross income of up to £25,000, or couples whose income is £45,000 or less will qualify for a payment, so long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

Households will receive a supermarket or energy voucher, or a combination of both, depending on their circumstances. 

They will be worth £50 for a single adult household, £75 for a single adult with children, £75 for couples and £100 for couples with children.

The Council is committed to continuing to amend its support packages to ensure as many people as possible can receive help.

Feedback on this scheme will be taken into account for any future allocations.

Mayor of Middlesbrough Andy Preston said: “Finances are tight for people across Middlesbrough, so it’s fantastic to see even more people getting the help they need thanks to decisions made here.

“Lots of working residents earn just too much to receive support through the benefits system, but the national economic picture means bills are rising for everyone and we don’t want anyone to slip through the net.

“We’ll leave no stone unturned in our efforts to help people through this difficult winter and ensure nobody suffers alone.

“The message has always been clear – the support is out there, and we’ll continue to spread the word far and wide.”

The latest phase of the Household Support Fund will see around £900,000 distributed to households most in need of support across the town.

The scheme is targeted at those who have less than £6,000 in savings and were not, before September 26, 2022, receiving benefits such as:

  • Universal Credit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit

If you do receive any of those benefits and have evidence you have not received a Cost of Living payment from the Government, you can also apply for help.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply whether you are a single person household, couple or have children.

Applications can be made online on the Household Support Fund page.

Before Christmas, Middlesbrough Council launched a new public information campaign in response to fears that people in financial difficulty weren’t coming forward for support.

The renewed drive focuses on key themes including money, food, warmth and health.

Information to help residents will continue to be sent to households in specific wards, both electronically and in the post.

You can find out more about the campaign by visiting the cost of living section.