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New financial support for households facing hardship this winter

Households facing financial hardship can now apply to the Household Support Fund for help towards their food and essential living costs.
Payments will be worth £64 per household plus an extra £20 will be provided for each partner/spouse and any dependent children. A maximum of two payments will be available from the fund until the end of March next year.

Full details about the fund are available on the Derbyshire County Council website. Find out more about the Household Support Fund.

To apply, individuals can call 01629 533399 to apply for support.

Additional financial support will also be available including:

  • A winter food voucher – provided automatically to eligible households in January/February
  • Help with council tax and rent arears, homelessness and temporary housing from local district and borough councils

For any further information read our Household Support Fund information guide.

Free Christmas holiday activities and a healthy meal for disadvantaged school age children in Derbyshire

School age children living in Derbyshire who receive benefit related free school meals will be able to register for free Christmas holiday activities available at community centres and schools across the county.

More than 19,000 free places are on offer at 80 venues, providing activity sessions four days per week as part of the winter holiday activity and food programme (HAF) programme. The activities are for children aged 5-16 and will be available from Thursday 23 December to Friday 7 January, excluding bank holidays and weekends. The sessions are free for families who claim benefit related free school meals. Places are available on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to children who receive free school meals.
A limited number of holiday activity places are available for other disadvantaged school age young people living in the county including children with special educational needs and children in care.

Children will be provided with a healthy meal at breakfast or lunchtime and a choice of fun, seasonal activities including trips to attend pantomimes, visits to our outdoor activity centres at Go Beyond, Lea Green and Whitehall as well as concerts, sports and craft clubs.
At some venues, food boxes are also available for children who are unable to attend the face-to-face sessions, although stocks are very limited.

In addition, grants of £5,000 have been given to six local CVS organisations to support the delivery of the free activities including Amber Valley, Bassetlaw, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak and South Derbyshire.

To apply, parents can visit The webpage includes an interactive map with a postcode/address search to find nearby school holiday clubs and how to register.

The website has also been updated with a range of interactive games and fun activities for children and useful information about wellbeing, food nutrition and exercise.

The free school holiday activities are in addition to the financial support available from the Derbyshire Discretionary Fund and the Household Support Fund.

Second outbreak of avian flu confirmed in South Derbyshire

People keeping birds are being strongly urged to follow strict new rules to stop the spread of bird flu after three outbreaks affecting parts of Derbyshire.

Two of the outbreaks have been near Willington, South Derbyshire and a third is near Tutbury, Staffordshire, which also affects areas in the south of the county. Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards officers are appealing to all bird keepers, from people keeping a few hens to large commercial premises, to follow the strict rules put in place by Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) which include keeping all birds housed and following strict biosecurity measures.