Published: Wednesday, 4th May 2022

Medway residents who are facing financial difficulties, due to the rise of the cost of living, can apply for help with their household bills.

We have been awarded more than £2million from the government’s Household Support Fund to help residents who are struggling to pay their energy, food and water bills, as well as other essentials.

Those who meet the eligibility criteria will be provided with vouchers for the essential items they need and we have also set aside £750,000 to provide support to pensioners in Medway.

We will also distribute £200,000 in grants to local food charities to support their work supporting Medway’s most vulnerable residents.

The Household Support Fund is in addition to the free school meals initiative, where eligible children continue to receive support during the school holidays. We also have government funding from the Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) to offer lunches, and activities, to children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals during the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays, up until 2025. Medway children eligible for free school meals will continue to receive support during the other school holidays when HAF – known locally as Medway Go - is not running. This supports our aspiration to become a Child-Friendly City.

Supporting Medway's most vulnerable residents

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We are committed to supporting Medway’s most vulnerable residents and I am pleased that additional financial support is available for anyone who might be struggling to pay their energy bills or buy food. I would encourage residents who have family or neighbours who may benefit from this additional support to discuss it with them and find out more about the support available.”

Find out more about the Household Support Fund

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