How the scheme works
The scheme is being run by Citizens Advice, and will take referrals from schools and the voluntary sector.
No Child Cold will support people with school-aged children (aged 4 to 18)* in the household by giving a small grant to Bradford District residents who have higher energy costs and where school aged children had to stay at home during the winter period as a result of Covid-19 school closures.
The grant is to help cover the additional fuel costs incurred to heat the home when children would usually be in school.
Recipients will live in a household where at least one of the following applies:
household income, of those responsible for bills, has fallen due to a reduction in wages, either because of a reduction in working hours, a loss of regular overtime or a member of the household has been furloughed.
The family is a low-income household (defined as being in receipt of UC, tax credits or other income related DWP / local authority benefit)
and fuel costs have increased as a result of children being at home because of school closures.
The family live in a household where the child would be entitled to free school meals and fuel costs have increased because the children have had to stay at home because of school closures.
Please note: due to children returning to school, the Fund will close to new applications from 5pm on Monday 8th March 2021
How much can people apply for?
The maximum grant value will be £80.00. This can be split between gas and electricity payments or bills. This is a one-off payment to households. Only one application is permitted, per household, between the scheme’s launch in January 2021 and its closure on 31 March 2021.
*A child should be school aged but may have education delivered at a Further Education college or other recognised institution.
Other support available
If you are not eligible for this scheme, other help is available. For parents who are able to work from home, you can claim a rebate of £6 per week (applicable since April 2020), which can go a little way to subsidise at home additional expenses.