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 £30 supermarket voucher for the Christmas holiday
  • A £10 supermarket voucher for February half-term next year

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 have spent all the funding allocated as part of the first two rounds to support vulnerable adults.

A new scheme will launch in the coming weeks as the Government has approved a third round of funding.

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