Household Support Fund

The Household Support Fund (HSF) is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions to support those most in need with food costs, energy or water bills, or wider household essentials. To support households with the rising cost of living, the Government has allocated further funding to local authorities in England to extend the Household Support Fund for 6 months until September 24.

The council has been allocated a further round of Household Support Fund Grant Funding (HSF) – called HSF5 – by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to use between April 2024 and September 2024 to support some low income and vulnerable households facing defined cost of living pressures.

HSF5 support is being developed and will be made available in stages . This page will be updated as and when these offers become available.

HSF5 will provide a range of discretionary support rather than being legal entitlements and all awards are based on funding still being available.

What help has been made available?

Between June and July 2023, we made an automatic payment to all working age households in the borough of Burnley that were eligible, as of the 1st June 2023, for council tax support.

In November 2023 we made an automatic payment to low income households with three or more children. The payment is made through a post office voucher.

We also delivered a discretionary scheme from October 23 until March 24.

Other Cost of living support

For more advice on the Government’s range of support, including childcare, income and disability benefits, housing and travel, click here