Freedom of information response

Household Support Fund

Publication date: 
Monday 17 July 2023

These questions specifically pertain to the funding allocated to English Local Authorities as part of the UK Household Support Fund from 1st April 2022 – 31st March 2023.

There have been four tranches of the Household Support Fund so far, we are referring to the second and third tranches. The second tranche ran from April 1st – September 30th 2022. The third tranche ran from 1st October 2022 - 31st March 2023.

We believe you were awarded £1.3m in tranche two and £1.3m in tranche three of the HSF. Please answer the following questions with separate answers for tranche two and for tranche three.

1. Please provide us with a copy of the management information return you were required to provide to the DWP for both tranche 2 and tranche 3 of the Household Support Fund.

2. Please provide a separate breakdown of how tranche two and tranche three were spent respectively:

(a) Targeted Grants

(b) Direct applications to the scheme

(c) Local Welfare Assistance Scheme

(d) Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations

(e) Other


(a) If you accepted applications to this fund how many did you receive in tranche two and in tranche three?

(b) How many applications were successful in each tranche?

(c) What were the eligibility requirements for applications, if any?

4. (Please answer question four for the financial year 2022/23, without splitting the information into tranche two and three)

(a) Excluding funding given to local welfare schemes or third-party organisations, how much of the HSF did you spend on helping people with furniture and appliances?

(b) If you did help people with furniture please tick (or otherwise indicate) which furniture/appliance types you provide and tell us whether these are new or preloved (e.g. Y/N, New/Preloved):

• Cooker

• Fridge

• Freezer

• Fridge Freezer

• Washing Machine

• Sofa

• Bed

• Wardrobe

• Chest of Drawers

• Table and Chairs

• Flooring (Carpets or Lino)

• Window coverings (curtains or blinds)


Please see appendix A attached

You are free to use any information supplied to you for your own use, including non-commercial research purposes. However, any other type of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will require the permission of the copyright owner.

Where the copyright is owned by Thurrock Council, you must apply to the Council to re-use the information. Please email if you wish to re-use the information you have been supplied. For information where the copyright is owned by another person or organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their permission.

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which the council have managed your FOI request you can pursue an Internal Review by contacting us using the above email address. An internal review must be submitted within 40 working days of your original reply. Your request will be considered by a senior member of the Information Management Team who will update you with the outcome of the review.

If you remain unhappy following the outcome of your Internal Review you may wish to refer your case to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and details of this organisation can be found at . Please be advised that the ICO will not consider your case until they have confirmation that you have already been through the Internal Review stage with the council.

Request reference:
FOI 12958