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.
We will contact eligible families by email or letter when the scheme is open.
Closing date: 30th September 2023.
Please note: Allow 7 working days from when you apply to get your payment, before you contact us.
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 2024.
Note: This is in addition to awards made to families with children.
We will contact eligible households by email or letter when the scheme is open and advise how to apply.
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.
Work is underway to allocate funds to local community schemes.
More details will be posted here, when available.
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.