We are approaching our COLAF funding limit. The scheme remains open for applications but claims will only be paid subject to applicants meeting the qualifying criteria and enough available funding at the point that an application is decided.
Applications are prioritised by date of receipt.
The Cost of Living Assistance Fund (COLAF) is a new scheme to support residents across the borough facing financial difficulties due to the rising cost of living.
Approved by councillors in February, the new £1 million Residents Assistance Fund will help households struggling to pay bills, with grants available to help pay for food and energy.
This funding is in addition to support announced by the government and the Household Support Fund which will provide food vouchers for residents who receive certain benefits. These vouchers will be provided to eligible households shortly.
One-off grants will be available for up to the following amounts:
Income from certain benefits will not be included in the assessment of household income. This includes disability living allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance, carers allowance and some other benefits relating to disability, as well as child benefit and other child maintenance.
Before you start an application, please ensure that you have the following details to hand:
To apply please complete the application via the link below. Once your application has been received, we will contact you to provide the evidence that is required in order to process your application.
Payments are normally made through the post office. You will receive a letter which you can take to the post office, along with proof of photo ID, and you will have the option of:
Only one award will be made to you or your household within a 12 month period.
Assistance will be given on a first come first served basis for eligible applications until the funding provided has been fully allocated.
Applications will be processed as quickly as possible once a completed application has been received along with the supporting documents. A decision will be made based on the information provided, and the reasons for the application. Once a decision has been made, we will write to you with the outcome advising:
What if I am not successful with my application?
The scheme is discretionary and there are no appeal rights. If you are unsuccessful, you can ask for us to look at it again providing you can demonstrate that there has been:
In these circumstances you can ask us to look at our decision again by emailing COLAF@basingstoke.gov.uk within 10 days of our decision being notified to you.
How will my data be used?
We will only collect data relevant to your application.
Who will you share my data with?
If your application is successful, then it will be necessary for us to share your name and contact details with a third party for a supermarket voucher/Post Office payout code to be issued to you.
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