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Discretionary Cost of Living Support Scheme

Powys Council has agreed its Cost of Living Support Scheme to help people with the cost of living crisis.

This is a scheme to help vulnerable households that are not eligible for help in the main scheme and as such is quite broad in nature. Check out below the different groups of people who are eligible.

We have just written to residents in the following groups inviting them to apply for the Discretionary Grant.
If you DO NOT receive a letter then you cannot apply for this grant so please do not complete an online form as it will get rejected.
The following schemes are now live so when you get your letter you can complete the form:-
Residents in receipt of Disabled Band Reduction
Residents in occupied properties that are currently exempt from Council Tax and considered vulnerable.
Families of children on Free School Meals who do not receive Council Tax Reduction.
Residents - who have care needs in the community and have undergone a means test assessment by Powys Council.      

If you need help to apply for this grant when you have been told to or support around grant advice or benefit or awards support generally please call us on 01597 826345. See our benefits' page for further help.

Eligibility Criteria

Where applicable Powys Council will use the same eligibility criteria to determine support as the main scheme for consistency though some elements will be amended to fit the purpose of the scheme. Generally the eligible household will  need to be:

  • Liable for council tax on a property on 15 February 2022; and
  • Living in that property as their main or primary residence on 15 February 2022; and
  • Responsible for paying the associated utility and other regularly incurred bills for that property on 15 February 2022.
  • You can only receive one payment of help from both schemes or in either scheme (main and discretionary)

Eligibility for Payments

£150 to residents - in receipt of Disabled Band Reduction in all Council Tax bands if not had help under the main scheme.

£150 to all residents - in occupied properties that are currently exempt from Council Tax and considered vulnerable in this cost of living crisis. They are properties that have all occupants who are severe mental impairment / Students / Care Leavers / Occupied by under 18's only

£150 to families - of children on Free School Meals who do not receive Council Tax Reduction.

£150 to vulnerable young people - who are in the care system considered vulnerable by Children's Services and will include foster carers and connected persons who need support with additional household costs and young people in supported accommodation.

£150 to residents - who have care needs in the community and have undergone a means test assessment by Powys Council.       

£150 to residents - who live in homes that have off-grid fuel supply and will be most vulnerable in line with the principles of this discretionary scheme. The final detail of this element will be advised here soon.

Home Loss Prevention Scheme - A scheme to prevent homelessness for those in the rented and mortgaged sector and who are in risk of losing their home due to the cost of living crisis and cannot access rent or mortgage arrears help elsewhere.

Vulnerability Fund - This will allow those in Powys Council services (Housing, Adult Social Care, Children's Services, Education and Money Advice team) who work directly with vulnerable residents to alleviate cost of living crisis needs as they come across it. These residents may have very specific situations that need support that our frontline teams can see and directly help alleviate issues as they come across them and be more flexible in the way they help them.

Energy Efficiency work - This scheme will directly help more vulnerable residents reduce costs but with also some longer term solutions too. The panel will need to agree the final scheme and details will be advised here.

Powys County Council will also be supporting agencies and organisations locally who provide support to Powys residents directly impacted by the cost of living crisis.

  • £5k grant will be given to all foodbanks
  • Up to £1k grant given to all breakfast clubs attached to schools depending on the numbers of pupils attending
  • Up to £5k grants given to other local organisations and support agencies working directly with customers in need. A panel will meet to decide on this aspect.

If you need help to apply or support around grant advice or benefit or awards support generally please call us on 01597 826345. See our benefits' page for further help.

We have just written to residents in eligible groups inviting them to apply for the Discretionary Grant. If you DO NOT receive a letter then you cannot apply for this grant so please do not complete an online form as it will get rejected.

Make an Application Discretionary Cost of Living Support Scheme Application Form