Date Published: 19 February 2021
There is still time for people in Rutland to apply for the county’s Winter Grants Scheme, which offers financial support to individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The scheme was first launched in December 2020 and provides access to financial support for utility bills, food and other related essentials. This includes Winter Food Payment vouchers for eligible households with children aged 0-19.
“After seeing an impressive uptake of residents applying for the Winter Grant Scheme, we’re reminding those who may not have applied in December that there is still time to apply and receive financial support with food and household bills. This winter has been exceptionally tough. Job losses and cuts to working hours caused by the pandemic, together with the added cost of spending more time at home during the colder, darker months is putting pressure on household finances. We are encouraging anyone who may need support to apply for a grant before the scheme closes in March.”
Councilor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council
If you did not apply for a Winter Grant at Christmas but are a Rutland resident who meets the criteria, you can still apply for the February payment. You are eligible to apply for a payment if you already receive one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- Universal Credit
Households can find more information and apply for a Winter Grant until March 2021. Applications can be made online via our Winter Grants Page
If you have any questions about the Covid-19 Winter Grant Scheme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you cannot complete the application form online, please contact our Customer Services team by calling 01572 722 577.