Are you struggling with the cost of living?

You can find help with accessing grants, useful advice and money that you may be entitled to. Visit our cost of living support page

Household Support Fund - round three

Funding provided from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Household Support Fund.

Application Based: Hardship Grant Community Fund

Applications for grant awards from the Hardship Grant Community Fund closed on 31 March 2023.

We awarded funding to over 16,000 households during a seven and half week period, prioritising households who did not apply from April 2022 to September 2022.

If you were a household that made a successful application between April 2022 to September 2022, you will be granted a one-off uplift payment of £40, if you are eligible. Once validation checks have been completed, the payment will be made directly into your bank account, using the details provided for your previous grant application.

Validation checks involve, checking:

  • that the bank account details are valid
  • that the application is eligible
  • for any potentially fraudulent activity.

Decisions to approve or reject an award for a one-off uplift payment are final.

Please note: trusted partners who completed your original application are not able to assist with queries relating to uplift payments.

Due to the high volume of uplift payments currently being processed, please do not contact BVSC about application or payment queries until after 1 May 2023.

Pensioners and households with children in Council Tax Support

We have posted £50 cash pay-out household vouchers to over 69,000 households in receipt of Council Tax Support.

To redeem your voucher as cash, take the letter, with the necessary ID stated in the letter, to any local post office in Birmingham.

If your household received a letter, you have a three months from the date of the letter to claim this one-off payment.

You can find additional information and resources on cost of living help, not specifically funded by the Household Support Fund, on the cost of living support page.

Find out more about cost of living support

Page last updated: 26 April 2023

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