The Department of Work and Pensions has announced a £170 million COVID Winter Grant Scheme that will be made available in early December 2020 to local authorities to support those most in need across England with the cost of food, energy, heating, cooking, lighting, water bills (including sewerage) and other essentials.

Enquiries should be directed to Tower Hamlets Council.

Tower Hamlets has been allocated £1.2m as has Croydon with Newham having the highest allocation at £1.3m.

RankCouncilDWP Allocation
1Newham£1,354,166.89
2Croydon£1,206,805.20
3Tower Hamlets£1,203,030.43
4Hackney£1,152,002.41
5Enfield£1,149,542.86
6Brent£1,142,416.48
7Lambeth£1,118,444.74
8Southwark£1,111,657.80
9Lewisham£1,082,507.93
10Ealing£1,068,982.09
11Barnet£986,960.35
12Haringey£986,329.83
13Greenwich£967,678.82
14Waltham Forest£945,547.02
15Islington£877,270.22
16Barking and Dagenham£870,076.68
17Wandsworth£836,207.30
18Hillingdon£831,315.79
19Hounslow£823,377.35
20Redbridge£788,900.75
21Camden£783,243.59
22Westminster City Council£766,382.48
23Bromley£753,861.37
24Havering£664,716.69
25Bexley£619,722.83
26Harrow£588,955.86
27Hammersmith and Fulham£585,126.11
28Merton£476,193.25
29Kensington and Chelsea£471,864.58
30Sutton£461,996.24
31Kingston upon Thames£343,579.32
32Richmond upon Thames£336,857.43
33City of London£20,166.03
Total£27,375,886.72
Data Source: DWP Funding levels per county council or unitary authority

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