14 April 2024

Household Support Fund launched in response to rising cost of living

East Riding Council has launched the Household Support Fund, a grant scheme to support those most in need with the rise in energy bills and food prices.

The fund will target and prioritise support for pensioners in receipt of council tax support and disability-related benefits, and other households in receipt of council tax support that have a high barrier to work, including those in receipt of disability-related benefits, carers, and lone parents with children under five.

The amount households receive will vary depending on their situation. More information can be found at eastriding.gov.uk/housing/housing-benefit-and-council-tax-support/household-support-fund/

The council will contact eligible households during May and June to advise them how much funding they will receive and how it will be paid to them.

John Holtby, the council’s portfolio holder for corporate service, revenues, and benefits, said: “The council recognises the pressures many households are facing due to the rise in living costs, and are delighted to be able to provide support to households across the East Riding that are most in need. The grants will help residents with food, energy bills and other essentials.”

Any households that are experiencing financial difficulties but do not meet the criteria for the Household Support Fund may alternatively be entitled to support from the council’s emergency assistance scheme. More information and applications can be made at eastriding.gov.uk/living/emergency-assistance/

Households may also contact their nearest food bank when they require emergency support. Details can be found at erfpa.org.uk/find-a-foodbank/

The council has a benefit eligibility checker that can be used by households to check for financial support that they may be entitled to at eastriding.entitledto.co.uk