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Households handed £550 cost of living payments this summer as deadline moved

Certain households can receive up to £550 in cost of living support this summer through the Government’s expanded Household Support Fund.

The Household Support Fund is targeted at the country’s most vulnerable households and is typically used to help them with the cost of essentials, such as food, toiletries, and warm clothes, as well as provide further support with energy bills.

Councils in England decide how best to spend their allocation of the fund, which has been increased by £421million earlier this year, by drawing from local knowledge and making direct contact with people in the community.

The Fund has been extended to September 30, 2024, meaning eligible Britons have to claim from their local council before this date.

It must also be noted that some councils have earlier deadlines than this, so it’s important to check on their respective website before applying.

Varying levels of support are currently on offer. For example, Leeds is offering £100 payments, while East Riding has £200 available.

Shropshire is offering a sizeable £400, and Waverley Borough Council is offering up to £550 worth of payments.

Andy Wood, money expert at Crypto Tax Degens, commented: “With grants of up to £550 available, eligible families can receive financial help to cover essential expenses, including food, utilities such as gas, electricity, and water, and essentials linked to energy and water such as warm clothing and boiler repairs.

“The fund can also help cover the cost of essential household appliances like cookers and washing machines, as well as essential household items like school uniforms and bedding, but priority will be given to food and fuel. For some households, the support provided may come as direct cash payments into their bank accounts.”

Applying for the Household Support Fund

People can find out how much their area was awarded at Gov.uk and are being urged to check their council’s website or call their office to find out what support is available locally to them through the fund.

Mr Wood noted: “Applicants should be prepared to provide detailed information about their circumstances, including supporting documents like bank statements.

“This makes sure that funds are directed to those who need them most and helps streamline the application process.”

People can find out what their local councils are offering and who is eligible to apply by visiting the respective websites.


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