Council Launches Food Voucher Scheme for Vulnerable Households

Published: 21st November 2022

Households in Ribble Valley facing financial difficulty can apply for up to £250 in food vouchers.

The Household Support Fund was introduced by the Department for Work and Pensions in October 2021 to help vulnerable households pay for food and energy.

Now a new phase of the fund has been launched by Ribble Valley Borough Council to support households with limited means ineligible for other Government support.

Households in receipt of a council tax rebate, disability cost-of-living payment or funds from the energy bills support scheme are also invited to apply.

Food vouchers of £100 for single households, £150 for households with two or more adults and £250 for households with children are available until March 31 2023, while funds last.

Only one application per household is allowed and household income must be no more than £31,400 per year.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stephen Atkinson said: “The cost-of-living crisis is unprecedented and many households not entitled to Government help are struggling to make ends meet.

“We particularly want to support these low-income households, who are in need, but don’t qualify for other support.

“Households vulnerable to rising prices, for example single-income families, unpaid carers and disabled people are particularly invited to apply.

“We want to do what we can to help local families make it through what may be a difficult winter.”

The fund will not impact on any benefits that applicants already receive and further information and an application form is available at Household Support Fund.