Harrow Council have launched a new application scheme that will provide support to 3000 eligible households across the borough with a one-off payment of £100.
The funding, coming from the Government’s Household Support Fund, will support eligible, low-income households who have missed out on Government support across Harrow.
In September 2021, the government announced that ‘vulnerable households’ across the country would be able to access a new £500 million support fund to help them with essentials over the winter. This funding covered the period 6 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 inclusive.
The Household Support Fund was distributed by councils in England to directly help those who needed it most. The grant was distributed through small payments to support vulnerable households within the community and meet daily needs such as food, clothing, and utilities.
In March this year, the Chancellor announced an extension to the Household Support Fund to 30 September 2022 with an additional £500 million of funding to be used by local authorities to support vulnerable households.
Then again in May, a further extension to the Household Support Fund was announced to 31 March 2023 with an additional £500 million of funding which will be used by local authorities, including Harrow Council.
Applications for the support fund are now being accepted and will only be made while funds remain available. To find out if you are eligible or to apply for this fund visit The Harrow Council Household Support fund page.
The Council have confirmed that applicants will be required to submit information to evidence they are eligible, and this will be verified with other sources such as the Department of Work and Pensions with one award will be made per household. Awards will be distributed via Bank Transfer. Residents must approach their bank with respect to the first right of appropriation if they are overdrawn.