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Test Valley residents struggling to meet housing costs urged to apply for Household Support Fund

Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) is encouraging residents, who may be struggling to meet their essential housing costs, to apply for a one-off grant from the Household Support Fund.

One-off payments of £125 per household are available, for those who can show they are struggling to meet their housing costs and may be in arrears.   

Residents do not need to be in receipt of universal credit or any other benefits to qualify for support.

If your application is assessed as meeting the criteria, then the grant will be paid directly into your bank account, or it can be paid directly to your landlord if that is easier.

Leader of TVBC, Cllr Phil North said:

“We appreciate how tough it is at the moment for some people just to pay for the essential items, with the rise in the cost of living. I know how difficult it can be to ask for help sometimes, but I would really encourage anyone who may be in this situation to think about applying for a grant.

“That money is there to support our residents and we want to be able to help as many people as possible.”

Applications for the scheme close on Tuesday 21 March 2023 and you will need to upload ID and proof of your rent liability when you apply.

You will hear about the outcome of your application within 28 days of submitting it. 

If your application is successful, you will receive your grant within 28 days after that.

For more information, and to find the application form, visit