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Winter Energy Support Scheme

By Parish Clerk Upchurch Parish Council

Tuesday, 9 January 2024


Upchurch Parish Council Contributor


HSF4 Winter Energy Scheme - Launch Information

Funded by the UK government, the Household Support Fund scheme supports vulnerable Kent households in need of help with significantly rising living costs. The Scheme is being delivered in two phases, Phase 1 Summer Voucher scheme & Phase 2 Winter Energy Support scheme.

As with Phase 1 the application route will provide 2 pathways to access either the self-referral or professional referral scheme.

The winter scheme is open for applications from 12pm Tuesday 9 January 2024. The scheme will close on Thursday 29 February 2024, or earlier if the budget is spent.

If successful, support will be provided in one of the following: 

This card is issued by GVS Prepaid Ltd, pursuant to license by Mastercard International Incorporated

All applicants will need to complete the card activation process which will require online access and those without internet access will require professional referrer assistance, or they can access their local gateway service.

There is a limited amount of funding available for this scheme and funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, with only one award per household. 

Who is eligible?

There is an expectation for professionals to complete due diligence checks of applications to ensure that beneficiaries meet the eligibility criteria as set out below:

Applicants that self-refer will be required to submit evidence to prove that they are the energy bill payer for the household and a Kent resident, within an eligible Kent district, at the point of application.

Applicants must

  • be aged 16 or over
  • be a Kent resident, permanently living within one of the 12 local authorities covered by Kent County Council
  • have a household income less than £40,000 per annum before tax (including any means tested benefits)
  • be the named utility bill payer for the household
  • not have savings above £1000
  • *not be receiving free school meal support within their household  

*Free School Meal eligible families have received an additional energy voucher for each eligible child via their child’s school outside of this scheme. Eligible FSM families have received a voucher per eligible child for the value of £100 direct from their child’s school before Christmas and should be referred back to their school for further advice if this has not been received. 

Residents with no recourse to public funding are still eligible for the scheme. If a National Insurance number is not available, please email [email protected] with circumstances and reasons why the applicant should receive this support (please attach all supporting evidence to the email).

Application link:

If support is required because of the increase in cost of living, apply for the Household Support Fund on the following link:

Household Support Fund - Kent County Council

Processing timescales

We do aim to send the physical and virtual cards out as quickly as possible, usually within 10 working days of a successful application being made.

Kind regards,

Household Support Fund Team, Kent County Council

Contact Information

Parish Clerk

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