Yorkshire and the Humber given £47m by Government to help households over winter

Kirklees set to receive £3.7m to help families most in need this winter.

The Department for Work and Pensions have released figures for their Household Support Fund which will be distributed to local councils.

Yorkshire and the Humber will be given £47,046,422 to help households most in need with the cost of daily essentials, as part of a £500m fund.

The Household Support Fund, announced earlier this month, is designed to last throughout the winter.

Kirklees will be provided with £3,702,823.27 as part of the fund to help those most in need over the winter period.

The money will be distributed by councils, who know their local areas best, to households in their community in need of some additional help.

This will broadly consist of small grants to meet daily needs such as food, clothing and utilities.

The new fund is part of a wider package of support the Government is providing this winter. This includes 2.2 million low-income households being given a £140 rebate on energy bills through the Warm Home Discount, and the Cold Weather Payment providing £25 extra a week for those in need in areas where the temperature is consistently below zero.

Families will also benefit from the £220m Holiday Activities and Food programme over the Christmas break, offering nutritious meals and enriching activities to disadvantaged children, whilst the Government’s Healthy Start vouchers – which help disadvantaged pregnant women or those with children under four to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables – saw their value increased by over a third in April.

In a statement, David Rutley, Minister for Welfare Delivery, said:

“This funding is there to support those most in need by providing extra help over winter, and by working through local councils we can make sure the vulnerable people in our communities get this vital support.”

Councils across the whole of Yorkshire have been allocated funds. Calderdale will receive the lowest amount for West Yorkshire of around £1.8m, Wakefield will get £3.1m, Bradford will receive nearly £5.7m and Leeds is set to receive nearly £7.1m.

Those who think they could benefit should contact their local council for more details on what will be available in their community.

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