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Charities: Household Hardship Fund Open Now

Update from the National Lottery Community Fund:

The Household Hardship Fund - a £1 million fund administered by Corra Foundation on behalf of The National Lottery Community Fund - is now open.

The fund will provide grants between £500-£5,000 to local groups who will pass the money on in cash or vouchers directly to local families and individuals in need.

More information, eligibility, criteria and application can be found on our Household Hardship Fund page here.
The fund is open to:

  • Charities, constituted community groups and registered social enterprises with an annual income under £100,000.
  • Groups with strong relationships within their community and that are already supporting people on low incomes.
  • Groups that can demonstrate how they will distribute cash or vouchers directly to local families and individuals in need.

Changes to Christmas Post Dates

Due to strike action the Royal Mail are asking customers to send Christmas post earlier this year. Please take note of the NEW DATES BELOW.


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Bridging Payment Doubled for December

First Minister announces doubling of December Bridging Payment to £260.

Families of an estimated 145,000 children will benefit from extra support this winter to help with cost of living pressures – backed by Scottish Government investment of £18.9 million.

Bridging Payments were introduced in 2021 ahead of the extension of the Scottish Child Payment to 6-15 year olds. The final quarterly Bridging Payment, due in December, will now be doubled to £260, meaning families will receive up to £650 per eligible child this year.

All children registered to receive free school meals on the basis of family low income are eligible and will receive this payment automatically.

Total Scottish Government funding for the Bridging Payments will increase to an estimated £169 million across 2021 and 2022.

This is in addition to the Scottish Child Payment which will be extended to all eligible under-16s from 14 November and will rise to £25 per child per week on the same date – a 150% increase in the benefit within eight months.


Bill Kidd MSP


Bill is MSP for Glasgow Anniesland. 

His major political interests are the development of policies to eradicate poverty, job creation, housing policy and an end to the nuclear power and weapons programmes of successive British Governments.

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