Household Support Fund

The next round of the Household Support Fund has been announced by government for October 2022 to March 2023, which Herefordshire Council is using to support low-income households with food and fuel poverty and other essential household bills.

The funding is part of the government's response to support vulnerable households most affected by increases in the cost of living.

Food vouchers for children entitled to free school meals

Food vouchers will be provided for free school meal/pupil premium children during the school holidays. The vouchers are based on a minimum of £15 per week for each week of the holidays and schools are organising this direct with families who are entitled.

Support from voluntary and community organisations

Funding will also be allocated to a number of local organisations to support local people who are struggling to pay essential bills as a result of the cost of living increases. This will be available shortly.

Where to get extra help

If you're struggling to make ends meet, visit:

Talk Community's Money on Your Mind website

Those webpages provide lots of advice and guidance, including links to organisations that may be able to help you.

If you can't find what you're looking for there, email

Citizens Advice Herefordshire also offer lots of support and advice. You can call them on 0344 826 9685 between 10am - 3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

In an emergency

In an emergency, contact our Emergency Welfare Support service, which offers the following support for eligible people:

  • Quality, second-hand goods, wherever possible via direct referrals to suppliers
  • Food or vouchers
  • Referrals to support organisations

Household Support Fund decision paper

Household Support Fund privacy notice