The Household Support Fund (HSF) is available to families and individuals who need support with food and utility bills.

On 6 October, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced a new grant, the Household Support Fund (HSF), to support those most in need this winter.

The Council has been provided with a fixed amount of funding. In view of this, the Council reserves the right to end the scheme when these funds are exhausted or, in any case, on 31 March 2022.

Further details on the scheme, including Frequently Asked Questions have been included below.

The grant can be used to help with the following:

  • Support with food
  • To pay for bills such as gas, electricity and water

Applicants must be:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Resident in Rother
  • In receipt of a means-tested benefit
    • Universal Credit
    • Housing Benefits
    • Pension Credit
    • Council Tax Reduction
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Income Support
    • Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance
    • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance


The government has allocated a fixed amount of grant funding to each local authority, so the award made to residents will be based on need.

Applicants can apply for utilities up to the cap of £250 per household during the lifetime of the scheme.

The following weekly allowances for food vouchers will be given:

Child – £15 per week per child
Adult – £25 per week per adult

Food Vouchers will be given in a 4-week bundle, with one application per eligible household only during the lifetime of the scheme.

To pay for utility bills, money will be transferred to your bank account.

For support with food, you will be provided with a voucher that can be spent in most major supermarkets.

No, this funding is applicable to all who qualify and will not affect your benefits.

To apply, please click the button below. Please note that you will need to create an account before completing the application.

  • Proof of residency (Council tax bill, tenancy or licence agreement).
  • Bank statements (the last month).
  • Proof of benefit (see list above under ‘who is eligible?’).
  • Evidence of utility debt, if applying for that scheme.

Yes, you will need to do a separate application for each scheme.

Following receipt of a completed application form, it will take 5-7 working days. When the claim is processed you will get an email confirming how much you have been awarded.

Supermarket vouchers can be used in Morrisons, Aldi, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Iceland, M&S and Waitrose.