Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

£3.8m to help support Somerset households with food and bills this winter

£3.8m to help support Somerset households with food and bills this winter

Somerset residents who are struggling to pay the bills this winter could be eligible for support with the cost of food, energy, water, and other essentials.

The county has been allocated £3.8m from the Government’s Household Support Fund which will be used to ensure there is a wide range of support available to those who need it between now and the end of March.

Proposals for how the money will be used in Somerset have been developed by the Community Resilience Partnership, a collaboration between Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton District Council, South Somerset District Council, and partner organisations in the voluntary and community sector.

Approximately £1.1m is being used to fund food vouchers for children eligible for free school meals over the Christmas, February half term, and Easter school holidays. This includes additional funding so that schools can allocate vouchers to families who are in need of support but do not qualify for free school meals.

A further £1.7m will be distributed via Somerset Citizens Advice, supported by a network of local partners from the voluntary and community sectors, to help households with food, utility bills, and other essentials. Applications can be made through a dedicated and secure online application portal and support will generally be provided in the form of vouchers. Visit Somerset Household Support Fund (citizensadvicesomerset.org.uk) to apply.

A total of £400,000 is being used to support eligible individuals and families supported by Somerset County Council’s Children’s Services, £100,000 will go towards the Safe & Warm Somerset helpline to support households in energy poverty, and an £80,000 contribution will go to the Somerset Community Foundation Surviving Winter programme to support elderly and rural residents with their heating.

Angela Kerr, CEO of Citizens Advice South Somerset, said: “At Citizens Advice we understand only too well the impact of rising financial pressures on individuals and families, and we are keen to ensure that the Household Support Fund reaches as many people as possible.  

“As well as helping to distribute this fund we continue to offer holistic advice services. Accurate and reliable advice is vital for anyone who is experiencing changing circumstances or complicated problems that they don’t know how to deal with. Our free phone Adviceline Service continues to provide holistic advice on welfare and benefits, money and debt housing, employment and more.”

You can call the Citizens Advice Somerset Adviceline on 0808 2787 842 between 10am and 4pm from Monday to Friday. 

More information about the Household Support Fund, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, can be found by visiting: Somerset Household Support Fund

For more details on the Somerset Community Foundation Surviving Winter programme visit: Somerset Community Foundation – Surviving Winter (somersetcf.org.uk)

See Safe & Warm Somerset | Centre for Sustainable Energy (cse.org.uk) for more information about the Safe & Warm Somerset helpline.

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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