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Household Support Fund

The government announced on 6 March 2024 that the Household Support Fund (HSF) has been extended for an extra 6 months.

York Household Support Fund 5 (HSF) is provided by City of York Council to support vulnerable households in most need of support to help with significantly rising living costs.

Grants will be provided through two routes

Route 1 – Credit to Council Tax account

People of working age who are receiving Council Tax Support, around 4500 households, will receive a credit to their council tax account. These payments are intended to help families with household bills.

The credit from the Household Support Fund will be no higher than £110 per household.

Eligible households will be identified by CYC Revenues and Benefits based on the customers Council Tax Support claim.

Eligible credits will be applied direct to the customers Council Tax account in summer. Customers will not need to apply for the credit.

Route 2 - Discretionary scheme applications

Any customer who requires assistance with food, energy or water bills and who is not receiving Council Tax Support or is over pension age will be able to apply through the discretionary application route.

All applications to the discretionary route will be through a means tested assessment which will require you to prepare some financial information. You may also be able to apply for exceptional financial circumstances relating to other essentials which will be assessed on a discretionary basis.

Any exceptional discretionary awards will be made on an individual basis as appropriate.

Check your eligibility before applying.

The discretionary HSF 5 closes at midnight on Monday 30 September 2024.

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