Household Support Fund

Sefton Council has received funding from the government to support households that may experience financial hardship due to increases in energy costs, food, and water bills.

The Household Support Fund (HSF) has been created to help people in most need of support to help with significantly rising living costs.

So far Sefton Council has used the HSF to

  • Support to Council Tax Reduction claimants
  • Make a one-off payment to low Income Pensioners in receipt of Council Tax Reduction
  • Support families on low incomes with children
  • Give extra support to customers who claimed Emergency Limited Assistance Grants
  • Provide support to households to address increasing energy costs and support to keep their homes warm
  • Support with free school meals and school uniforms
  • Support foodbanks

Household Support Fund for Pensioner's

Sefton Council intends to use some of this funding to make a one-off £80 payment to pensioners who also qualify for Council Tax Reduction.

The grant is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and can be used specifically to help pensioners with essential costs such as energy, food, and water.

If you are eligible to receive this extra £80 then you will soon receive a letter from Sefton Council.

The £80 payment will be paid to you via Post Office Pay-out scheme.   You will then need to attend the Post Office to collect your cash payment.

To collect your Household Support Fund payment please take the letter to any Post Office, together with TWO of the following items as proof of your identity:

·       Passport or driving licence

·       DWP or Housing Benefit award Letter

·       Current utility or household bill

·       Council Tax Bill

·       Signed Post Office / Bank card

·       Bus Pass or other photo ID card

·       Bank Statement


The Post Office will issue the payment to you in cash. The name and address on the proof of identity must be the same as that shown on the letter. Please ensure that you take your identity details with you, otherwise you may not be able to collect your payment.

Please note: You must take this letter to the Post Office within 1 month of the date of issue, after which time this payment will no longer be valid.

The Housing Support Fund payments are being made from a cash limited fund and this fund closes shortly; further payments cannot be made once the fund is closed.

Sefton Council is focused on ensuring that the help reaches those most in need and will be in touch with residents who may be in vulnerable groups with advice about what help may be available.   

For more information and advice about what other ways the Council may be able to help please look at

The Government has announced that further funding will be made available to help households up to March 2023. Sefton Council will release further information on this once it is available.

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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