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Update July 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 contacting residents who are eligible for support and letting them know how it will be provided.

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

Vouchers for families with children

In July, Portsmouth schools will provide supermarket vouchers worth £75 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 19 July should contact their school for information.

In September, families with children in early years childcare who qualify for two-year-old childcare funding or early years pupil premium, because they are on a low income, will receive a £75 supermarket voucher for each eligible child.

Energy payments for older people

The council will be providing £100 to every household over state pension age that was receiving council tax support or pension credit at the end of May.

In August we will write to everyone who is eligible to let you know how and when the payment will be made, and to ask you to provide payment details if you have not already done that.

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.

Find advice and help

You can 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.