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Get Help with Food, Gas, Electric and Water

Published Monday 1 August, 2022
Last updated on Thursday 4 August, 2022

Household Support Fund

You may be eligible for help with your food and the cost of utilities through the Household Support Fund Extension .

Funded by UK Government, the scheme is for those most in need of support to help with significantly rising living costs.

Swale Borough Council will be working with local organisations to deliver support with food and fuel provision through a network of established agencies within the Borough.

Who can we help

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Swale resident
  • Be Aged over 16 or as part of a household application
  • Be receiving benefits, including Universal Credit and jobseekers allowance or your household income is less than £30,000 per year
  • Be at risk because you can’t access funds to help you
  • have less than £500 in your bank account
  • Live in a household receiving free school meals or child benefit
  • Food parcel
  • Fuel vouchers
  • Information and guidance

What you’ll get

  • Food parcel
  • Fuel vouchers
  • Information and guidance

How to apply

For access to emergency food provision in the form of a food parcel, please contact the food bank in your area:

For support with a pre-paid gas or electricity meter vouchers (in line with the Fuel Bank Foundation criteria):

If you’ll reach state pension age by 30 September 2022) and you need help with hot meals, shopping for food or support for pensioners please contact Age UK Faversham & Sittingbourne (also covering Sheppey) by telephone on 01795 532766 or email

Can your utility company help?

Most utility providers can support people who are struggling to pay their bills including Southern Water:

Contact your provider to ask them about their emergency fund and what support is available.