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COVID Winter Grant Scheme: guidance for local councils

Information for local councils on the COVID Winter Grant Scheme funding to support vulnerable households.

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COVID Winter Grant Scheme guidance for local councils

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COVID Winter Grant Scheme determination

COVID Winter Grant Scheme determination

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COVID Winter Grant Scheme management information spreadsheet

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This guidance and grant determination are for local councils responsible for administering the COVID Winter Grant Scheme across England.

Individuals affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) can find coronavirus help in your local area.

Overview

On Sunday 8 November 2020, the government announced a significant package of extra targeted financial support for those in need over the winter period. This includes the £170 million COVID Winter Grant Scheme, which will be made available in early December 2020 and covers the period until the end of March 2021.

DWP will provide the grant scheme funding to county councils and unitary authorities (including metropolitan councils and London boroughs) who will administer the scheme and provide direct assistance to support families with children, other vulnerable households and individuals. The grant will be used to support those most in need across England with the cost of food, energy and water bills and other associated costs.

Published 23 November 2020
Last updated 30 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added HTML versions of COVID Winter Grant Scheme guidance for local councils and COVID Winter Grant Scheme determination.

  2. Added link to help for individuals.

  3. Added COVID Winter Grant Scheme management information.

  4. Added COVID Winter Grant Scheme guidance, determination and indicative funding levels.

  5. Added HTML version of COVID Winter Grant Scheme letter.

  6. First published.