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Household Support Grant for winter 2021-2022

This scheme has now closed. The deadline to apply was 23:59 on 7 March 2022.

Bedford Borough Council is giving more than 50% of the Household Support Grant funding to families with children that qualify for free school meals. This will help vulnerable families on very low income to meet the cost of food and utilities particularly during school holidays when costs are higher.

We have a Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme which provides a Council Tax Support discount of 100% to households on a low income. These households are those most likely to be most vulnerable and in need of addition support during the winter with the cost of food and utilities.

There will also be households who are not directly liable for Council Tax but are on a similar level of income.

Bedford Borough Council is prioritising grants to vulnerable households that have the lowest level of income as assessed through the Council Tax Support application process, which provides a high level of detail regarding the household income. The amount of the grant is normally £50 per household.

Funding is also allocated to support households that are not liable to pay Council Tax because they live in shared accommodation where the landlord is responsible for the Council Tax, are exempt from Council Tax or live in a bed and breakfast guest house or similar.

Who is eligible for a Household Support Grant

  1.  Person Receiving 100% Council Tax Support – the ‘Council Tax payer’.

A Council Tax payer that is receiving a 100% Council Tax Support discount from the Council at the time they apply for a Household Support Grant will qualify for an award.

People jointly liable to pay Council Tax. Where more than one person is liable to pay the Council Tax only one grant will be awarded to the household. It shall be at the Council’s direction to determine to which of the jointly liable persons the grant is paid.

  1. Persons who are not liable for the Council Tax

Some residents not liable for Council Tax will be eligible for a grant. These are residents who would be entitled to 100% Council Tax Support if they were liable for Council Tax, and are not liable because of one or more of the following reasons:

  • They live in shared accommodation and the landlord is the liable person and is not exempt from Council Tax.
  • They are exempt from paying Council Tax under exemption classes O, P S, U or W*.
  • Their sole or main residence is in a commercial property (for example a guest house or hotel).
  • They are persons ineligible for public funds who have a genuine care need that does not arise solely from destitution.

*members of armed forces, properties where all occupants are aged under 19, properties where all occupants are severely mentally impaired, properties with an annex occupied by a dependent relative.

How to apply

This scheme has now closed.

See our guidelines for the Household Support Grant (PDF) for more information.