In October 2021, the Department for Work and Pensions gave North Yorkshire County Council £3.5m to make sure people who might be struggling, and feeling the financial pressures of paying their bills over the winter, got additional help.
The Household Support Fund programme in North Yorkshire has seen supermarket e-vouchers totalling £275 per household provided to people in the county who were receiving means-tested support to pay their council tax bill as of 21 March 2022 and have a child under the age of 19 living at home.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in his Spring statement on 23 March 2022 that the Government will fund a new round of Household Support Funding.
We are currently working with the county council to set out details of the new phase of the scheme and people who are eligible will be contacted.
The remainder of the money from the first phase has been distributed among other funding pots in the county, which can be accessed by residents who may struggle to afford basic necessities. This includes the North Yorkshire Local Assistance Fund (NYLAF), Warm and Well in North Yorkshire and local food banks.
You’ll also find answers to frequently asked questions and information about other financial support at www.northyorks.gov.uk/HouseholdSupportFund.