If you receive Council Tax Support or free school meals, or are struggling with the cost of living, you may be eligible for a Household Support Fund grant. The current grant is for 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023.

If you receive Council Tax Support

If you are over 18 and were in receipt of Council Tax Support on 30 September 2022, you are eligible for a one-off Household Support Grant of £60.

This has been paid by Post Office Payout voucher of £60 to each CTS claimant. Eligible residents do not need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible but have not received a voucher by 23 December 2022 please email HouseHoldGrants@merton.gov.uk giving your name, address and Council Tax Support claim reference number and this will be checked.

If your child receives free school meals

Families in receipt of free school meals have been given supermarket vouchers of £15 directly to eligible families. Eligible residents do not need to apply for this payment.

If you're struggling financially

If you’re not eligible for the vouchers above, but are struggling financially, you can apply for a grant from Wimbledon Guild.

Apply for a grant from Wimbledon Guild

About the scheme

The government has provided funding to support residents of Merton during the cost of living crisis. There have been three tranches of funding. Each tranche has had a general objective to support all low-income households plus additional focus on specific target groups to ensure the widest range of help has been available to residents at different times. The most recent tranche of funding is from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023. The details are as follows:

Funds received: £1.186 million.

Focus of the fund: supporting low-income households who did not receive the help given by the previous cost of living payments, helping with additional energy costs due to disability, supporting low-income households.

How the fund is being distributed

Funding for 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023 has been distributed as follows.

£454,000 has been allocated to all households who were in receipt of Council Tax Support (CTS) on 30 September 2022.

£630,000 has been allocated to families in receipt of free school meals.

£100,000 has been allocated to application based self-referrals by residents to support those who are not eligible for support under other Cost of Living payments made by the Government or Merton. This is being delivered by Wimbledon Guild, a local partner in the borough.