Council Grant Letter offering financial support with rising cost of energy
In September 2021, Stockport Council were awarded £2.1m from the DWP Household Support Grant (HSG) to provide support to low income households between October 2021 and March 2022.
To date, over £1m has been awarded to families in receipt of means-tested Free School Meals via Holiday Support Vouchers. The vouchers were intended to support with the cost of food, fuel and other essentials.
The council’s final award will focus on providing financial support with regards to the rising cost of energy. The council are awarding a £45 voucher to all households that meet the following criteria:
- In receipt of Council Tax Support and/or Housing Benefit from Stockport Council as of 21 February 2022
Households in receipt of the above who have received support through the Holiday Support Voucher scheme in February will NOT be eligible for this voucher.
In total, over 17,000 households will receive support. This includes:
- households with children that fall outside of means-tested Free School Meal eligibility;
- households without dependents including working-age and pensioner households.
The vouchers will be delivered to all eligible households in the form of an explanatory letter which has a Post Office barcode in the bottom corner. The resident should take the letter to any Post Office branch and show the barcode to the cashier, who will give them the cash. No ID is required to redeem the voucher. Each voucher can only be cashed once and must be cashed within three weeks of the date of the letter, otherwise it will expire.
Not sure if your eiligible?
- Webpage and online query form – if you have any issues with redeeming their voucher to visit https://www.stockport.gov.uk/HESV. The webpage will provide answers to a range of questions as well as a link to an online query form. This form can be used to provide details of any queries and will be responded to within 28 working days.