Apply to the Household Support fund
The Household Support Fund is available through Gloucestershire County Council to support households who are experiencing financial hardship. The fund can help with the costs of food, energy and water bills and other essential items. When you apply you will be asked to provide some kind of evidence to show your loss of income or increased living costs. For full information on how to apply please visit their webpage or call for advice if you cannot apply online.
- How to apply online: The Household Support Fund
- Call Gloucestershire County Council for guidance if you are not able to apply online 01452 425000
Council Tax Support
You may be eligible for council tax support through Stroud District Council if you receive certain benefits or are on low income. You can find out more on our website.
Food Parcels and Fuel Vouchers
Stroud Foodbank can support you with food parcels or fuel vouchers. Please ask us to refer you if you are in food or fuel emergency.
Call us on 01453 766321 and dial 0 for Customer Services or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re over State Pension age, check if you’re eligible for Pension Credit.
Pension Credit provides extra money for living costs and access to other help. Around a third of eligible pensioners don’t claim Pension Credit – often because they don't know they can or that they need to. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you could get using the Pension Credit calculator. People of State Pension age may be entitled to Pension Credit even though they may have modest savings, or a retirement income or own their own home. An award of Pension Credit can provide access to a range of other benefits such as help with housing costs, Council Tax, heating bills and, for those aged 75 or over, a free TV licence.
Check if you can claim a discretionary housing payment
If Housing Benefit or Universal Credit doesn't cover all your rent, check to see if you can make a claim for a discretionary housing payment. The household support fund is administered by Gloucestershire County Council.
Check your eligibility for Carer's Allowance
If you are a carer, you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance and/or an extra amount called the ‘carer element’ within Universal Credit. This could mean £69.70 a week in Carer's Allowance if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and you, the person you care for and the type of care you provide meets the criteria.
- Carer's Allowance - www.gov.uk
Seek advice about money worries
If you’re in debt, seek advice early rather than let things spiral out of control. Contact Citizens Advice Stroud and Cotswolds, StepChange, National Debtline or Crosslight Advice for help. There is also the local charity P3 who can provide support and advice around financial skills, dealing with debt, education and employment
- Contact Citizens Advice - www.citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk
- StepChange - www.stepchange.org
- National Debtline - www.nationaldebtline.org
- Crosslight Advice for Help - www.crosslightadvice.org/help
- P3 - www.p3charity.org
- Clean Slate - www.cleanslateltd.co.uk
GL Communities - www.glcommunities.org.uk