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Get help with fuel, food or furniture

Help towards energy and cost of living expenses

An application form is available if you require urgent help with fuel or food.

Eligibility to receive a direct award

Children eligible to receive free school meals:

  • A £45 supermarket voucher will be issued for each qualifying child who attended a school or nursery provision within St Helens to cover the Autumn half-term and Christmas holiday periods.  A further £45 payment will be made in March 2024 for the Spring half-term and Easter.
  • To qualify, a child must be eligible to receive means-tested free school meals or be transitionally protected.
  • The voucher will be issued directly by your child's school or nursery provider prior to the end of term.

Help towards additional energy and cost of living costs:

  • We will make a direct award of £300 to low-income households in late December 2023 who are ineligible to receive the government's cost of living payment.

Payment enquiry form

If you have been advised you will receive a direct award, but are yet to receive it, or have received one which you need to query, please complete Household Support Payment Queries