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Cost of Living

With significant rise in the cost of living we know that some households will be struggling financially, emotionally or because they need practical advice and help. Here is some key information on what support is available and how to access it. As new schemes, advice and support becomes available this page will be kept updated.

Household Support Fund (HSF)

The Government has announced that a new Household Support Fund (HSF) grant will be made available to county councils and unitary authorities in England to support those most in need.

Lincolnshire County Council have been allocated £5.46m for this third round of the Household Support Fund, which covers the period from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023. This winter, local authorities are asked to give particular consideration to households who have not benefitted cost of living support payments.

Lincolnshire County Council has worked in partnership with district councils to identify and agree the most appropriate methods for distributing this funding. In Lincolnshire, 56% of the grant has been used to fund support for children and young people eligible for free school meals, two-year-old early years entitlement and early years pupil premium. This funding has been allocated through schools and early years providers to eligible families via a one-off payment of £100 per child. Eligible families received this support before the end of November 2022. 

The seven district councils across Lincolnshire will collectively distribute approximately 25% of the grant funding to households in receipt of housing benefit only as these households have not benefited from cost of living support payments. If you are eligible, you have receive a letter from with further details - you do not need to contact the council as they will contact you if you have been identified as entitled.

The remaining funding is being used to support households in exceptional need. In Boston, the funding has been used to help local food banks provide emergency food parcels.

Professionals supporting vulnerable households in East Lindsey are able to request support for clients in exceptional need where they have not received cost of living support payments. Local referral partners include NHS Neighbourhood Teams, Macmillan Breast Cancer Teams, Citizens Advice, Carers First, Eden Lincs and Wellbeing Lincs.  

Please note: this scheme is not currently open for public application. 

Not all households will be eligible for support. However, the government have put a number of arrangements in place, and this is just one.

Residents facing financial difficulties can also visit https://helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk / for details of the other support available.

In addition, there is a Holiday Food and Activity programme for children eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

If you are finding it difficult to manage at this difficult time, please remember Citizens Advice Mid Lincs offer free, confidential and impartial advice to everyone to find a way forward whatever problem they may face.  So please call their freephone advice line on 0808 278 7942

How we have used personal information to identify eligible households/individuals, to provide targeted support to those most in need 

For the Early Years element of the funding and associated entitlements, information is provided via parents' declarations, for the purpose of checking eligibility. For free school meal eligible (FSM) children, we have used information from parental FSM applications. For the children in care element of fund distribution, we have used information held within children's services to identify eligible recipients. For the housing benefit only element of fund distribution, the Department for Work and Pensions, Lincolnshire County Council and District Councils have worked together according to government guidance, using benefits data and address identifiers about eligible residents in Lincolnshire. This has helped us to ensure the grant funding is targeted appropriately and to facilitate payments under local arrangements. 

Information is processed by us in order to perform our tasks carried out in the public interest and in the exercise of our official authority. 

We are required to retain your information for as long as is necessary, after which it will be securely destroyed. Lincolnshire County Council have retention schedules in place that set out in detail how long information will be held for.