Bracknell Forest Council offers assistance to households in need throughout the year, by providing help for essentials such as food and utilities. The Household Support Fund is one of the ways Bracknell Forest Council helps residents in need. This fund, provided by the Department for Work and Pensions, is used to provide assistance in the following ways:
Free school meals
Supporting all children registered for free school meals by providing a supermarket voucher worth £15 for each week of the school holidays. This also applies to all children under five who meet the equivalent criteria.
The assistance will be available during the upcoming Christmas 2021 school holidays as well as February 2022 half term and the Easter 2022 break.
These vouchers are given to eligible families through the child’s school or early years setting before each of the school holidays.
Supermarket vouchers for low-income households
Supporting more than 4,800 households with a one off £50 supermarket voucher this winter. The voucher was for low-income households who were receiving help with the costs of council tax through the council tax support scheme.
Bracknell Forest Council is providing a number of grants to charities and bolstering the funding of a number of council services which help people most in need in our community. This targeted support is aimed at helping people at most risk of financial hardship this winter.
Bracknell Forest Council has provided support to:
- Bracknell Foodbank to buy fresh food for foodbank users and help those in crisis
- The Ark to distribute to low-income carers to help with food and utility bills as well as essentials linked to these
- the Local Welfare Scheme which seeks to offer support at a point of crisis or emergency for those in hardship. Residents are able to apply for this scheme
- the Children’s Social Care emergency fund for welfare support for low-income, vulnerable households
- the rough sleeper team to help those at risk of rough sleeping with essentials they may need
- the leaving care team to provide care leavers with the essentials they may need over the winter months
Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:
“In every community there are households who require assistance and, as a council, we aim to support as many of these residents as possible. Nobody should be worrying about where their next meal is coming from or how they are going to heat their homes, especially at this time of year.
"Through the Household Support Fund, we are able to offer assistance to those in need to ensure that essentials are covered. We are also lucky in Bracknell Forest to have some great partners with whom we work to provide invaluable support.
"Through grants, we are able to enhance this support to ensure the financially vulnerable within our communities are provided with the assistance they need.”
Any households that need financial assistance can find more information on our benefits pages.