More money in your pocket

Find out about the range of other support you may be eligible for, depending on your circumstances, to help with the cost of living.

Household Support Fund

The government have announced a further extension of the Household Support Fund.

The fund will provide financial support to households needing help with the rising cost of living.

It will support families in most need, particularly those who may not have been eligible for other support the government recently made available. 

Energy Support Scheme

This will support those who were not eligible for the £150 payment under the main council tax Energy Rebate Scheme. Eligible households received £150 paid either into a verified bank account or credited to their council tax bill.

The Energy Support Scheme builds on the Energy Rebate Scheme but the eligibility criteria has been widened to help more households that couldn't previously apply.

To apply for the scheme:

  • You or anyone else in the household must not have already received £150 from the main council tax Energy Rebate Scheme.
  • You or your partner must be responsible for council tax and occupying a property in Bands A-D on or after 2 April 2022.
  • You or your partner must be responsible for council tax and occupying a property in Bands E-H on or after 1 April 2022.
  • You or your partner must be responsible for council tax on an unoccupied property on or after 1 April 2022.
  • You or your partner must be liable for the energy costs at the property you're applying for.

Awards will be a one-off payment of £150 payable to either a verified bank account or credited to the council tax account.

Cost of living payment

Anyone on a low-income benefit or disability payment paid by the DWP may have already received either a cost of living payment or a disability cost of living payment. This scheme will support those who were not eligible for the payment from the DWP and are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

The main elements of the scheme are:

Residents on low-income benefits and tax credits

Qualifying benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-based Employment
  • Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

Eligibility criteria:

First payment

  • You must not have received the £326 first cost of living payment from the DWP.
  • You must be on one of the qualifying benefits for an assessment period on or after 26 May 2022 and before 25 August 2022.
  • You or your partner must be liable for the energy costs at the property you’re applying for.

If eligible you will receive £326 to be made directly into the requested bank account.

Second Payment

  • You must not have received the £324 second cost of living payment from the DWP.
  • You must be on one of the qualifying benefits for an assessment period on or after 26 September 2022 and before 31 March 2023.
  • You or your partner must be liable for the energy costs at the property you’re applying for.

If eligible you will receive £324 to be made directly into the requested bank account.

If you meet the eligibility criteria for both the first and second payment you can be awarded both payments

Residents on disability benefits 

Qualifying benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance,
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

Eligibility criteria:

  • You must be on one of the qualifying benefits for an assessment period on or after 26 May 2022.
  • You must not have received the £150 payment from DWP.
  • You or your partner must be liable for the energy costs at the property you're applying for.

If eligible, the award will be a one-off payment of £150 to be made directly into a requested bank account.



Household support grants October 2022 to March 2023

Borough wide support available to all

Berneslai Homes

Support

Crisis, one off funding to help our tenants who have no other financial help for everyday essentials.  Money advice as well as income and expenditures support is on offer.

Who can apply

  • Anyone who is a Berneslai Homes tenant
  • Those who don't meet the threshold for other support
  • Tenants on low income who are in crisis right now
  • Tenants who can't make more money through work

How to apply

To apply email income@berneslaihomes.co.uk or tenantssupportservice@berneslaihomes.co.uk

Community First Credit Union Limited

Support

Interest free loans up to a maximum of £500. These loans are for individuals and families who are struggling to buy food, pay energy costs, or buy essential items.

Who can apply

  • You're an account holder, or you're willing to become one at Community First
  • You're 18 years of age or over
  • You've an established electronic payment into your Community First savings account. Like standing orders, deducted from your wage.  Or having your wages or benefit payments paid directly into the account

How to apply

Call Community First on 03030 300010.

Borough wide support for students

Barnsley College 

Support

Clothing vouchers, hygiene packs along with the purchase of food and energy costs. 

Who can apply

  • Be a current Barnsley College student
  • Have a low household income
  • Are eligible for free school meals
  • Are in receipt of benefit

How to apply

Please email: householdsupportgrant@barnsley.ac.uk or call 01226 216267. Please give the name and date of birth of the current Barnsley college student. 

Borough wide support for unpaid carers

Crossroads

Support

£50 supermarket gift cards for buying food in November, December, January and February 2022/2023.

Who can apply

  • Be a single person or couple in receipt of pension credit
  • Those who have a health condition that need care either themselves or their spouse
  • Those who receive funded domiciliary care
  • Live in Barnsley borough

How to apply

You can apply by emailing Josephd@crossroadsbsly.co.uk or MelanieG@crossroadsbsly.co.uk. Or by calling 01226 731094.

Beacon South Yorkshire Carer Support 

Support

Funds available to be given to carers of the community. Looking after people who are living with needs such as mental health, dementia, disabilities, or the elderly. Support available for white goods, food, energy, internet costs as well as clothing, bedding and hygiene products.  

Who can apply

  • Be an unpaid carer/family member
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be a low-income family
  • Individuals/families who aren't eligible for the cost of living/energy rebate scheme
  • Live in Barnsley borough

How to apply

Call 01226 814012 or email info@beaconsy.org.uk if you want more details or would like to apply.

Barnsley Making Space Carers Service

Support

Help for unpaid carers on low incomes to help them with the cost of buying food. Over a period of 6 weeks 200 unpaid carers will be given with a weekly £20 food voucher. Available on a first come first served basis. 

Who can apply

  • Be registered with Barnsley Carers Service (BCS)
  • Unpaid carers who aren't already known to BCS can make an application by calling 01226 288772
  • Live in Barnsley borough 

How to apply

To apply, call 01226 288772. Or visit the office at priory campus. Priory Campus, Pontefract Road, Barnsley, S71 5PN

Borough wide support for older people

Age UK

Support - slow cooker

Free slow cookers, with 5 healthy, nutritional, and cost-effective recipes. You'll be given a hamper of ingredients to make some of the recipes. (1 slow cooker per property).

Support - keep your home warm

A Warm Homes Advisor and handyperson can visit your home. They can carry out a full review of the property and heating system. Advice can be given on the most cost-effective use of your systems. Free of charge property warmth items also available. Door insulation, letter box covers, radiator foils, energy saving lights, energy saving nightlights and chimney cushions.  

Support - winter warm packs

Free packs which include hats, gloves, socks and thermos flasks.

Who can apply

  • Be a resident of Barnsley
  • Be over the age of 50 years
  • Be seeking support for heating and or eating this winter 2022/23

How to apply

Call 01226 776 820 or email enquiries@ageukbarnsley.org.uk. Or you can visit our office at 36A Queens Road, Barnsley, S70 6FD.

Support in Dearne areas

Station House - childcare support

Support

Support with childcare costs.

Who can apply

  • Families of children attending The Hill Primary Academy, Gooseacre Primary Academy or Highgate Primary Academy and need to pay for childcare
  • Live in Thurnscoe

How to apply

Email childcare@shouse.org.uk  or call 01709 880682.

Grimethorpe Activity Zone 

Support

Free food and a warm place with hot drinks. For people and families to come to over the autumn and winter months.

Who can apply

People or families who live in Grimethorpe.

How to apply

Email gaz1@btconnect.com or call 01226 713599.  Or visit Grimethorpe Activity Zone, The Acorn Centre, 51 High Street, Grimethorpe, S72 7BB.

Family Centre Dearne 

Support

Funds for people who are finding it difficult to pay for household fuel during the winter. Free slow cookers and winter warmth packs. 

Who can apply

  • Be a family with children aged 0-19 (25 SEN)
  • Living in Thurnscoe

How to apply

Call 01226 775885 or email gemmaandrew@barnsley.gov.uk or laurenshufflebottom@barnsley.gov.uk 

The Uniform Fairies 

Support

Pre-loved uniforms to children and young people of the Dearne.

Who can apply

  • Be a family who is struggling financially to purchase uniform

How to apply

All giveaways are advertised on the Uniform Fairy Facebook.

Families are welcome to chat to volunteers.  Specific orders can be made if pre-loved uniform isn’t available first.  Call Gemma on 07495 980137. 

Support in Central areas

Oakwell Rise Primary Academy 

Support

£40 food vouchers or £40 credit applied to their energy account. Or £40 voucher for personal items (sanitary products, underwear etc.) 

Who can apply

  • Be in receipt of housing benefit only
  • Live in shared accommodation with no access to the £400 energy rebate
  • Household with oil heating (not gas or electric)
  • Can show can't pay debts or struggling to pay essential bills. Income less than £26,300 with one or more child in the house.
  • Live with exceptional circumstances and can show the need for support
  • Having a child at the school

How to apply

Call school office on 01226 281943 for a form to apply.

Oakhill Primary Academy 

Support

£40 food vouchers or £40 credit applied to their energy account. Or £40 voucher for personal items (sanitary products, underwear etc.) 

Who can apply

  • Be in receipt of housing benefit only
  • Live in shared accommodation with no access to the £400 energy rebate
  • Household with oil heating (not gas or electric)
  • Can show can't pay debts or struggling to pay essential bills. Income less than £26,300 with one or more child in the house.
  • Live with exceptional circumstances and can show the need for support
  • Having a child at the school

How to apply

Call school office on 01226 284493 for a form to apply.

Inclusion in Action - Worsbrough

Support

Activities for residents who are suffering from the impact of rising costs of food and energy.   For people who may not be able to access supporting benefits.  Hot food and refreshments available one afternoon per week.

Who can apply

Individuals and families who are struggling financially living in Worsbrough. 

How to apply

Call 07989384528 or email Sandra@inclusioninaction.org. The Pavilion, Worsbrough Community Park, Barnsley, S70 4SB. 

Caring for Kendray 

Support

Community pantry available one day a week for a small charge of £3. Residents can get fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, bread along with jarred and tinned products.

Who can apply

  • Available to all families who are struggling financially
  • People who live in Kendray

How to apply

Details on Caring for Kendray Facebook page. Call 07415153011 or email caringforkendray@gmail.com

Family Centre Central 

Support

For families finding it hard to pay for household fuel during the winter and struggling to keep warm.  Evening activities for families in a warm environment. A warm meal and refreshments. As well as winter warmth packs.

Who can apply

  • Families with children 0-19 (25 SEN)
  • Living in Kendray or Worsbrough 

How to apply

Call  01226 772877 or email lynneellis@barnsley.gov.uk or sarahsykes@barnsley.gov.uk.

Support in North areas

Ad-Astra - Athersley

Support - weekly food parcels

Weekly food parcels which include dry and long-life items. If needed extra hampers including a specific Christmas hamper are also available.

Support - dinner money debt

Families of secondary school pupils who have dinner money debt.

Who can apply

  • Live in the St Helens Ward in Barnsley
  • Have a low household income
  • Are in receipt of benefits
  • Be a working single person or a single person on a low income under £12,000 (after tax)
  • Be an unemployed unpaid carer on welfare benefits.
  • Pensioners in receipt of Pension Credit
  • Be in receipt of benefits. For example Universal Credit, Income Support, Pension Credit, Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA),Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

How to apply

Call 07462805640 or email adastrabarnsleycic@gmail.com 

Family Centre North East 

Support

For families finding it hard to pay for household fuel during the winter and struggling to keep warm.  Evening activities for families in a warm environment. A warm meal and refreshments. As well as winter warmth packs.

Who can apply

  • Families with children 0-19 (25 SEN) 
  • Living in Athersley

How to apply

Call 01226 296969 or email suzanneellis@barnsley.gov.uk or kellyshaw@barnsley.gov.uk 

Support in South and Penistone areas

Forge Community Partnership - Elsecar, Hoyland or Rockingham

Support

Warm space drop in available. A warm meal for all attending, social engagement and respite from isolation and mental health strain. 

Simple recipes available which aim to feed a family of four for under £5. Extra produces to take away.

Funds available for buying household essentials or to provide items such as slow cookers. Support available for outstanding debt payments (subject to availability).

Who can apply

Anyone in receipt of benefits may be eligible for support. For example, if you receive: 

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) following changes in employment status
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) long term health condition
  • If you are a working single person or a single person on a low income under £12,000 (after tax)
  • A working couple or couple on a low income under £18,000 (after tax)
  • Families on benefit eligible free school meals
  • People living in Elsecar, Hoyland or Rockingham

How to apply

Email FCPHoyland@gmail.com or call (01226) 743288 and leave a voicemail for a call back. Or text 07519012714.

Family Centre South and Penistone 

Support

For families finding it hard to pay for household fuel during the winter and struggling to keep warm.  Evening activities for families in a warm environment. A warm meal and refreshments. As well as winter warmth packs.

Who can apply

  • Families with children 0-19 (25 SEN) 
  • Living in Darfield, Hoyland, Milton, Rockingham or Wombwell

How to apply

Call 01226 753366 or email CaroleParry@barnsley.gov.uk or Margaretyoung@barnsley.gov.uk

Support in North East areas

Royston Friends Association 

Support

Warm hubs open to anyone in the area who is struggling with heating bills. Advice sessions available including coffee mornings, craft, and wellbeing sessions.

Who can apply

  • Open to anyone suffering financial difficulties or social isolation

How to apply

Call Sue on 07944 479824 or email martinerfacommunity@outlook.com 

Family Centre North 

Support

For families finding it hard to pay for household fuel during the winter and struggling to keep warm.  Evening activities for families in a warm environment. A warm meal and refreshments. As well as winter warmth packs.

Who can apply

  • Families with children 0-19 (25 SEN) 
  • Living in Cudworth, Monk Bretton or Royston

How to apply

Call 01226 774030.

Email lindajones@barnsley.gov.uk or Lynnedunn@barnsley.gov.uk or michellegraham@barnsley.gov.uk

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