Winter in Manchester
Winter in Manchester

The Government has provided funding for a Winter Household Support Fund to help vulnerable people and families with essentials over the winter period. Manchester City Council are using this funding to give a one-off grant payment to all households in the city that receive Council Tax Support.

The Council have been working closely with their partners to offer support to the most vulnerable and will be delivering the following schemes:

Grant payment

  • This universal offer provides a one-off cash grant of £100 to households with dependent children and £70 to households without children.
  • Those people who are eligible will receive a cheque in the post by 17 December 2021. No cash payments will be made.
  • In January 2022 there will be further payments made for Council Tax Support Claimants who were approved after 7 November 2021.

There’s lots of help, advice and support available if you need it.

Other parts of the fund

We have also agreed to use the funding to deliver the following:

  • Fund free school meals for eligible families over the Christmas holidays and through the February half term early next year. This will be provided at £15 per pupil per week and will be administered directly through schools.
  • £300k will be provided through the community and voluntary sector – including £50k which will go to Manchester’s Food Partnership and £250k through advice services, such as Citizens Advice.
  • £300k will be provided through a discretionary fund to provide welfare support to households who receive welfare benefit and have responsibility for household bills and who do not receive Council Tax Support.

The community and discretionary fund schemes will be launched in mid-December. Details will be made available on our benefits and support webpages.

Find out more on the Council website.

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