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Update November 2022

The council is using this funding from the government in various ways, to support local people in financial hardship.

To distribute the money fairly and to make sure it reaches the right people, we are firstly contacting residents who are eligible for support and letting them know how it will be provided.

This means it is not currently possible to apply for household support funding in Portsmouth.

Vouchers for families with children

In November and December, Portsmouth schools will provide supermarket vouchers worth £70 for each pupil in years R to 11 who is eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

Any family with an eligible child who has not received their voucher by the end of term should contact their school.

Families with children in early years childcare who qualified for two-year-old childcare funding or early years pupil premium on 7 October, will also receive a £70 supermarket voucher for each eligible child.  And students aged 16-19 from local income families attending City of Portsmouth College will receive a payment of £70 direct from their college.

In the new year we will launch a voucher scheme for other low-income families with children who did not qualify for a voucher from their school or childcare provider.  Details on how to apply will be published here when the scheme opens.

Help for people in cold homes

We’re using Household Support Fund to give more people access to home energy advice visits.  To find out how to save energy and money, visit Switched on Portsmouth or call the freephone helpline on 0800 260 5907.

In the new year, we will launch a new scheme for disabled people who did not qualify under the new Warm Home Discount scheme, to apply for £150 to help with their energy costs this winter. Details on how to apply will be published here when the scheme opens.

Other support

We’re also providing funding for local organisations that are already supporting people with the cost of living, including foodbanks and community pantries, to help their work.  Local services are listed at our Help with Food webpage.

In the new year, we will launch a new scheme for people on means-tested benefits who missed out on the government’s cost of living payment in November.  Details on how to apply will be published here when the scheme opens.

Find advice and help

Portsmouth City Council has launched a new online cost of living hub and helpline, to support residents who are worried about money.

You can also find free money advice and see where to get support on our money advice page. This advice can help you save money, deal with debt and make sure you’re receiving everything you’re entitled to.

If you are struggling to afford food, look at our directory for local and national services that could help.

For advice on how to save energy and cut the cost of gas and electricity bills, you can visit Switched on Portsmouth.

The HIVE directory is a great place to find local groups and organisations supporting our communities across Portsmouth.