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.

For the summer term 2022, we purchased 27,652 vouchers covering 13,887 eligible children who received £45 across two vouchers.

The Government announced it is extending the Household Support Fund until the end of March 2023. As a result, each child will receive:

  • A £10 supermarket voucher for the October half-term break
  • A £35 supermarket voucher for the Christmas holiday
  • A £10 supermarket voucher for February half-term next year

Find out more on our Holiday Voucher Scheme page

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 Households Scheme

Due to the large volume of successful applications since the latest round launched on 19 October, there is now only a limited amount of funding available so applications will now be restricted to first time applicants who meet the following criteria:

Anyone who resides in the Peterborough City Council area and is aged between 18 and state pensionable age.

And also meets one of the following criteria:

  • In receipt of, or in the process of applying for, any means tested (universal credit / income support / child tax benefits) benefits, personal independent payment or disability living allowance
  • Living in a low-income household - if you are a single person earning less than £25,500 per year or if you are living as a couple and earn a combined income of less than £43,400 (includes those living in houses of multiple occupancy)

Please note care leavers, asylum seekers, those with right to remain, no recourse to public funds or of no fixed abode can all apply for the scheme.

You can apply by contacting Citizens Advice Peterborough on 01733 447933.

Winter Support Hubs

If you still require urgent support over the Christmas period, please go along to one of Peterborough's community warm hubs (check the Christmas opening times on our website before you make your journey).

The hubs will be able to provide immediate support for Peterborough residents and request food/fuel vouchers on your behalf.

Additional Support

The Government is also running a range of schemes to support people. Please click on links before for further information and to apply:

Detailed eligibility requirements for the Cost of Living Payments can be found at:

Cost of Living Payment - GOV.UK (

Further details on the Energy Bills Support Scheme can be found at:

Energy Bills Support Scheme explainer - GOV.UK (

Eligibility requirements for the Council Tax Rebate and information on the associated £144m Discretionary Fund can be found at:

The council tax rebate 2022-23 – billing authority guidance - GOV.UK (

Financial support information pack

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

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