We have received money from the Department for Work and Pensions to support households in hardship.
For details of what Government support is available, visit: Cost of Living Payments 2023 to 2024 (GOV.UK ).
May 2023 to March 2024
Families with children
For those in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and/or Housing Benefit and/or free school meals.
- You will get a payment of £50 per child in July 2023 and January 2024.
Note: Families who receive help with free school meals only will receive £50 for each child that gets free school meals.
Households that received a payment in July 2023 will be issued a payment in the week starting 22nd January 2024.
Payments will be staggered over the whole week, with the last batch being sent on Friday 26th January.
Please do not contact us until Wednesday 31st January. This is to allow time for the payment to go in your bank account.
Families who have become eligible since July 2023, please complete our online form:
Closing date: Thursday 29th February 2024.
Households with a disabled person
For those in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and/or Housing Benefit.
- You will get a one-off payment of £50 (per household) in October 2023 and February/March 2024.
Note: This is in addition to awards made to families with children.
Households that received a payment in October 2023 will be issued a payment in the week starting 26th February.
Payments will be staggered over the whole week, with the last batch being sent on Friday 1st March.
Please do not contact us until Wednesday 6th March. This is to allow time for the payment to go in your bank account.
Households who have become eligible since October 2023 will be contacted during week commencing 26th February to advise how to register.
Discretionary Hardship Scheme (DHS)
Support for households who do not get any extra cost of living support from the Department for Work and Pensions.
If eligible, you can get £450. (Up to two awards could be considered in the period ending 31st March 2024.)
As evidence of hardship, you must provide us with your last two bank statements for all accounts held. (This includes your partner's accounts.)
Your support worker may be able to apply on your behalf, if you get money and debt advice from:
- Citizens Advice (Calderdale);
- Calderdale MBC Early Action and Support Team;
- Noah's Ark;
- or Step Change.
Funds have now been allocated to local community schemes.
More details, please see: Community Grants.
For you to get the correct award it is important that we have:
- Up-to-date household information.
- Email addresses.
Please tell us about any changes in your income or household that we may not be aware of. For example, Personal Independence Payment awards, new baby and such.
- Please see: Change in circumstances.