Help for Households

Household Support Fund

Funded by the Department for Work and Pensions the Household Support Fund was introduced in October 2021, in order to support those most in need, the first phase of the scheme ended on 31 March 2022. The second round of the fund ran until September 2022,the third round ran until March 2023 and the fourth round ran until 31 March 2024.

On 6 March 2024 in the Spring  Statement the Chancellor announced that the Household Support Fund (HSF5) would be extended from 1 April 2024 to 30 September 2024. The fund is distributed to Unitary and County Councils. The Department for Work and Pensions has recently confirmed that Lancashire County Council (LCC) will be given £9.6 million to support those most in need to help with significantly rising living costs. Lancashire County Council (LCC) have distributed a proportion of this funding to District Councils. LCC have confirmed that Ribble Valley will receive £116,379..

Eligible households who made an application as part of HSF4 (before the applications were closed) but did not receive funding will be prioritised initially for funding. Each household will be contacted directly and invited to reapply (there is no need to contact the Council directly as households will be contacted directly by e-mail or letter).

Further details of a scheme for the remainder of the funding will be published on the Council’s website in due course.