New vouchers and funds assist with price of dwelling

Portsmouth Metropolis Council is launching two new schemes on 27 September 2023 designed to get monetary assist to teams of residents who’ve missed out on different assist schemes.

Below authorities guidelines, folks want to use for the assistance.

One scheme is geared toward lower-income households with youngsters who didn’t qualify for a voucher from a college this summer season. Households anticipating a child in lower than 20 weeks also can apply. Their complete family take-home pay, within the month earlier than making use of, must be £1,350 or much less.

They may get a £70 grocery store voucher for every eligible baby, and there can be an opportunity to use for one more voucher, this time value £80, this winter.

A second scheme is geared toward individuals who missed out on the autumn 2022 and spring 2023 price of dwelling funds from the federal government. It’s open to households who first claimed a means-tested profit after 26 September 2022, or who get housing profit and no different means-tested earnings profit. They may qualify for a £120 price of dwelling cost.

To see extra particulars about these schemes and to use, residents ought to go to In the event that they need assistance making use of, they’ll contact Recommendation Portsmouth on 023 9279 4340 or (in the event that they’re a council tenant) their space housing workplace.

A 3rd scheme, to be launched later this 12 months, can be geared toward folks under state pension age who get incapacity dwelling allowance or private independence funds. They may qualify for £150 to assist with vitality prices. This scheme isn’t but open for purposes, however residents can go to and go away their e mail deal with to be notified when it begins.

Family assist funding is given to native councils by the federal government to allow them to assist their most weak residents with important each day prices, akin to meals and vitality.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Chief of the Council, mentioned: “With the restricted quantity of funding we have now, we’re making an attempt to verify the neediest folks within the metropolis get a little bit of a lift. “These new schemes are geared toward individuals who may not have been reached by earlier schemes however who would nonetheless welcome some assist. “We all know each bit helps in the meanwhile. When you assume you is likely to be eligible, please discover out extra and apply.”

The council can be utilizing family assist funding to provide extra folks entry to residence vitality recommendation visits. To learn the way to avoid wasting vitality and cash, residents can go to Switched on Portsmouth or name the freephone helpline on 0800 260 5907.

Additionally it is offering funding for native organisations which are supporting folks with the price of dwelling, together with foodbanks and group pantries.

To seek out price of dwelling recommendation and assist, residents can go to the council’s price of dwelling hub – a one-stop supply of native recommendation and assist. It has data on matters together with meals, housing, vitality payments, heat areas, saving cash and wellbeing. The hub is at Or if residents want to speak to somebody, they’ll name 023 9284 1047 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Thursday or 9am to 4.30pm Friday.

Author: ZeroToHero