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Support with Money, Debt & Mental Wellbeing

Cost of living and money worries

For information and advice about the Help for Households including food, money worries and mental health.

Connect To Support

The Connect to Support website is to help you to stay independent for longer by providing you with resources to look after yourself, stay safe and connected with your local community.

Get more information about money matters here

Household Support Fund (HSF)


The Household Support Fund (HSF) has been extended from 01 October 2022 to 31 March 2023; HSF3.This was announced by government on 26 May 2022.

The Department for Work and Pensions have recently issued guidance about HSF3 to County Councils, including Hampshire, who are expecting to communicate further details about how these funds will be distributed to District Councils at the end of November 2022. 

For more information about the support available, please visit connect4communities | Children and Families | Hampshire County Council (

As soon as we have received notification of funding and final guidance about distribution, we will update this page, so please keep checking.

Last updated 28/11/2022


Help with Housing Costs (rent and council tax)

If you are struggling to pay your rent or council tax, help is available. You may be able to get Universal Credit, Local Council Tax Support or in some cases Housing Benefit. 

You can use the Benefit Calculator to help you find out what you can claim.

Discretionary Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments and Discretionary Council Tax Support  are additional help you can apply for, if you are already getting Universal Credit Housing Element, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support. The funds are limited and therefore any payments are normally for a temporary period.  

(Please note DHP cannot be awarded to pay for ineligible service charges, water, fuel, increases in rent due to rent arrears or sanctions applied to your benefits).

Council Tax Energy Rebate 

All eligible households in Bands A-D have now received either a £150 Energy Rebate payment to their bank account or a transfer to their Council Tax account. This scheme is now closed. Revised Council Tax bills have been issued to households affected, showing the transfer and revised payment schedules for the remainder of the year.

An Energy Rebate Discretionary Scheme is available for households that did not qualify for the standard scheme.

Mental Wellbeing

Mental Wellbeing Hampshire is a partnership of organisations working to support good mental health and wellbeing in our communities.

There are benefits for everyone if we stay fit and healthy. Healthy people generally have a better quality of life, more independence, are able to make their own choices, and take an active part in their community.

Hampshire County Council's strategy outlines how we want to deliver improved health and wellbeing outcomes for everyone in Hampshire, driven by individual choice and with less dependency on health and social care provision. 




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