Issue details

Household Support Fund (HSF) Grant Extension (HSF5) – 01st April 2024 to 30th September 2024

The Household Support Fund (HSF), first introduced in 2021/22, is being extended by the Government through 2024/25. Additional funding (the “Extended 2024/25 HSF Funding”) has been made available to County Councils and Unitary Authorities in England to support those most in need to help with global inflationary challenges and the significantly rising cost of living. The Extended 2024/25 HSF Funding is intended for use in the period 1st April 2024 to 30th September 2024 inclusive.



The Extended 2024/25 HSF Funding is being provided for the purpose to provide support to households, who would otherwise struggle to buy food or pay essential utility bills or meet other essential living costs or housing costs (in exceptional cases of genuine emergency) to help them with living costs.



The purpose of this report is to seek the approval for the recommendations in relation to the distribution of the Extended 2024/25 HSF Funding (amounting to £3,692,483.14) that is being provided by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for allocation in the period 1st April 2024 to 30th September 2024.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and 2 Divisions affected;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 29/04/2024

Representations made

Any representations should be sent to:  

 

Name:  Daniel Gillingham (Head of Service, Children’s Commissioning) 

Tel. no: 01452 324135 

Email: daniel.gillingham@gloucestershire.gov.uk  

 

By 5pm on: 28 May 2024 

 

Decision due: Between 28 May 2024 and 10 Jun 2024 by Cabinet Member - Children's Safeguarding and Early Years

Lead member: Cllr Stephen Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s SafeGuarding and Early Years

Documents

Background papers

  • Guidance document from the DWP:  
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cost-of-living-support/cost-of-living-support-factsheet-26-may-2022  
  • https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cost-of-living-payment  
  • https://www.gov.uk/guidance/getting-the-energy-bills-support-scheme-discount  
  • COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund for Food and Essential Supplies (Date of Decision: 30/07/2020)  
  • COVID Winter Grant Scheme – 2020/21 (Date of Decision: 26/04/21)  
  • Government COVID Local Support Grant and Extension 2021 (Date of Decision: 09/12/2021)  
  • Household Support Fund (HSF) – 6th October 2021 to 31st March 2022 (Special Urgency Rule) (Date of Decision: 26/11/2021)  
  • Household Support Fund (HSF) Grant Extension – 1st April 2022 to 30th September 2022 (Date of Decision: 12/07/2022)  
  • Household Support Fund (HSF) Grant Extension – 1st April 2022 to 30th September 2022 – Award of a Call-off Contract to Auriga Services Ltd for Welfare Support Services (Date of Decision: 25/07/2022)  
  • Household Support Fund (HSF) Grant Extension (HSF3) – 01st October 2022 to 31st March 2023 (Date of Decision: 01/11/2022)  
  • Household Support Fund (HSF) Grant Extension (HSF4) – 01st April 2023 to 31st March 2024 (Date of Decision: 29/03/2023)