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Household Support Fund – Preston City Council


Applications for the Household Support Fund are now closed

The Household Support Fund was introduced in October 2021, in order to support the most deprived last winter.

On Wednesday March 23, 2022, the Chancellor announced an extension of the Household Support Fund, to cover the period from April 1, 2022.

We are awaiting further details on the money available for the spring and how the government wants us to make it available.

We will confirm on this page how you can apply for a Household Support Fund (Spring 2022) once these details are known.

Please do not call to inquire about the program as it is not yet operational.

About the Household Support Fund

The Household Support Fund aims to help residents of the Preston area who do not have enough resources to meet their immediate short-term needs and need help with essential items during the winter period.

This grant can be used to help cover the costs of:

  • food
  • energy / water needs
  • essentials related to energy / water needs
  • broader essentials such as household bills, clothing and white goods.

It is not intended to cover debt counseling or general support for financial difficulties that are not related to food, warmth and/or hygiene.

The bottom is not intended to cover housing costs as there are other benefits and supports available to help them, for example discretionary housing payments.

Rewards will be given when there is no other way to meet the need.

Customer reviews

Applications for the Household Support Fund are now closed.

We are currently awaiting information on additional allocations and funding criteria for the 2n/a Central Government Household Support Fund cycle.

Anyone who has submitted an application in the last 5 days will be contacted directly to inform them of the progress of their application.


To be eligible for the plan, you must be:

  • A resident of the Preston area – please visit GOV.UK – to find your local council
  • You are experiencing financial difficulties and do not have enough resources to meet your immediate short-term needs

Support available

The program can help cover short-term living expenses such as food, gas, electricity, water, essential appliances, household bills and clothing (this list is not exhaustive) .

If white goods such as washing machines or refrigerators are needed, the items will be purchased through the program and delivery will be arranged directly to your home. Due to supply, there may be a waiting period for white goods. All appliances except gas appliances will be removed on delivery of new goods.

The program will also direct you to other sources of advice and support to ensure you get all the assistance you are entitled to.

You may be offered a referral for financial, debt and/or welfare advice and assistance to help you meet your long-term needs.


The scheme does not cover:

  • All requests for non-essential items e.g. in-game debt or loans/credit cards, overdrafts, HP, etc.
  • Requests from people with sufficient income or savings
  • Requests for household items when these are the responsibility of the owner
  • Arrears of rent and/or deposits except in exceptional need
  • Only one request per household

Can I appeal a decision if my application is unsuccessful?

As it is a discretionary plan, there is no right of appeal. However, if you think we have overlooked important information, you can ask us to review the application by emailing [email protected] giving the reasons as well as your name, address and phone number. reference.

This decision will be final.

Your privacy

The information you provide will be treated in accordance with (GDPR) and Data Protection Law for the purposes of providing and managing the Household Support Fund.

Your personal information, where provided, will be processed under Article 6.1 (e) of the GDPR – the processing is necessary for the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of the public authority vested in the controller.