Household Support Fund

About the Household Support Fund

In March, the Government announced an extension of the Household Support Fund. It first started in November 2021. The latest award for Peterborough is £1.82 million, to support those in need with food and utility bills.

This funding comes with guidance telling us to focus on:

  • Families with children
  • Pensioners
  • Other vulnerable households

We want to do the best we can to help as many people with this funding who are struggling in our city. We also want to ensure that we target our support at those most in need. Therefore, we have used the funding to set up three schemes.

School Holiday Voucher Scheme

We have used this part of the funding to directly award those eligible for free school meals vouchers to cover the holiday periods.

We have already issued over 26,000 vouchers for Easter and May 2022. We are awarding £45 for each child over the summer holiday.

If you haven't received your voucher, you should contact your child's school. 

You can apply online for free school meals (opens online form).

Pensioner Support Scheme

The Government asked us to spend at least one third of the fund on supporting pensioners with food and utility bills. We are working with Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help those of pensionable age who are in financial hardship to access funding support.


You can apply for the Pensioner Support Scheme if:

  • You were born on or before 30 September 1956
  • You live in Peterborough
  • You are experiencing financial hardship
  • No one under the age of 19 (born after 30 September 2003) lives with you

How to apply

Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough delivers the support for pensioners on our behalf.

Telephone: 01733 565 032

Vulnerable Adults Scheme

We recognise that there are families and adults who are not eligible for the first two schemes. We have therefore set up a third scheme available to those who are in financial hardship but are not pensioners and don't have children eligible for free school meals.

We are working with Citizens Advice Peterborough to deliver this element of the fund.


You can apply for this support if:

  • You live in the Peterborough area
  • You don't have any children eligible for, or receiving, free school meals
  • You are between the age of 18 and pensionable age
  • You are liable for the power supply at the property
  • You are the tenant or property owner
  • You are in receipt of universal credit, income support, personal independence payment or disability living allowance

How to apply

You can apply directly to the fund by completing our online application form.

Financial support information pack

The following information pack includes lots of helpful financial information and advice

Financial Support Information Pack152KBpdf
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Information about our holiday voucher scheme is published here