Household support fund

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has provided local government with a third tranche of the Household Support Fund, totalling £421m nationally, for the period October 2022 – March 2023. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's allocation of funding for this period is £587,905, as in previous tranches. 

The objective of the Fund is to provide support to vulnerable households in most need of support, to help with significantly rising living costs. For this tranche of funding, DWP have stated that there is no ringfence of funding for any particular cohort of people. There is, however, an expectation of authorities to particularly consider those groups who may not have benefitted from any of the recent cost of living support and for there to be an application process for at least some of the funding. 

Allocation and administration of funding

The Royal Borough is currently finalising its plans for allocating this funding, for the benefit of residents in need. 

Up to half of the fund will be allocated to families in receipt of Free School Meals, to support with holiday meal costs, as in previous tranches. The first portion of this funding has been allocated to families to support with meal costs over the October 2022 half term. 

We propose to allocate the remainder of the funding, through working in partnership with a range of organisations in the borough, who are already providing support to communities, and are therefore well-placed to identify households who are in most need of support. This will include voluntary and community sector partners. This approach is currently being finalised and more detail will be provided here as soon as possible.

(Updated: Wednesday 2 November 2022)

Library and resident services : Contact details

For further assistance or information please contact us at:

Library and Resident Services - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead,
Maidenhead Library, St Ives Road,
Maidenhead SL6 1QU.
Telephone: 01628 683800