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Household Support Fund

The Household Support Fund (HSF) is now open

The fund is now open for applications to help eligible households who have not received any support from the fund previously and are finding it hard to cope with rising prices of food and energy bills.

Anyone can apply including those in receipt of benefits.

From 13 February and only if funds remain, the scheme will be opened up wider to households that have received some funding in the past but not since May last year. We will update this web page to say if we plan to open up the fund after 13 February.

Please wait until after 13 February to apply if you have previously received support from the Household Support Fund. If you are still unsure when you can apply, please refer to the table below. Applications received from residents, before the 13 February, who have previously received Household Support Fund vouchers/support will not be considered or assessed and you will need to apply again.

The fund closes on 31 March 2023, or sooner if it is fully allocated.

Have you received HSF before?Can I apply?
NeverApply now
Yes- Before May 2022You may be able to apply after 13 February 2023 if funds remain
Yes- Between May 2022 and April 2023Unlikely you will be able to apply this round

How to apply

Step one: If you pay your council tax in South Oxfordshire please download this application form below.

Step two: Complete the application form.

Step three: Email your completed application form and supporting evidence to Citizens Advice.

Citizens Advice:

  • Email hsf.south@citizensadviceosav.org.uk
  • Call 01235 750753                                                                                                  

We’d prefer you choose to submit your application form via email, as this saves paper and reduces admin costs for the taxpayer. There is no need to post a hard copy as well.

If you’re unable to fill in the form online and email it, a paper version of the application form is available by calling our Community Hub 01235 422600 (option 1). Our Community Hub team can help you complete the form if needed or answer any question you might have.

Step four: Your application will be assessed and you will be contacted to let you know if you have been successful or not.

There is likely to be very high demand for this fund. The applications will be assessed on a first come, first served basis and the process could take up to ten working days.

The fund will remain open until all the funds are spent or by 31 March 2023.

About the HSF fund extension

The Government launched the £421 million HSF launched on 6 October 2021 to support households struggling to afford essentials over the winter months as the country continued its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In September the Chancellor announced the Household Support Fund extension to make a further £421 million available for Local Authorities in England to support those most in need to help with significantly rising living costs. This HSF Extension covers the period 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023.

More information about the scheme is on the Government website.

If you need help or advice please contact the community hub, who can advise you as to how to access food or signpost you to support.

Privacy Notice

In order to process your application, your details will be processed, stored and shared by South Oxfordshire District Council and Citizens Advice. South Oxfordshire District Council will process any award that is made. You can read our privacy notice by clicking the button below.

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South Oxfordshire District Council
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