Cash-strapped FAMILIES can claim £30 per child to help cover food costs for the February half-term.
500 million government pounds Household Support Fund has created more money for low-income families across the UK.
Households struggling to make ends meet can claim cash vouchers from their local government to help cover costly winter essentials like grocery shopping.
The extra money comes at just the right time for the thousands of families affected by cost of living crisis.
High and rising inflation has led to supermarket staples prices to spiral.
But the availability of funding and how to apply for it depends on where you live.
Each council decides what assistance to provide and who can request it.
You can learn more What local government are you in? through the government website.
How much cash is there – and who can claim it?
Nottinghamshire County Council – Not to be confused with Nottingham City Council – is offering cash vouchers worth £30 per child to low income families.
Households can receive a voucher if each child requests a free school meal, a 2-year-old gets sponsored child care, or a 3- and 4-year-old receives the School Insurance benefit. Kindergarten birth.
But the money will not automatically go to your bank account.
The deadline to apply for the £30 offer is March 31 – the same program closing date as most councils in the UK.
But keep in mind that some councils have earlier deadlines – for example: Households in Hertfordshire must apply by 28 February.
According to Nottinghamshire County Council, 27,500 children in the county are eligible for Household Support Fund cash – if their parents or guardians apply in time.
Where can I ask for money?
We’ve asked the council how local parents can apply for the money and will let you know as soon as we know.
Under the scheme, UK households must claim cash directly from their local authority, although some councils will automatically pay the amount to eligible families.
In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, allocated governing bodies are responsible for distributing the allocated funds.
British councils have £421m in additional spending from the Department for Work and Pensions.
The Scottish Government was awarded £41m, while the Welsh Government was awarded £25m and the Northern Ireland Executive received £14m, in line with the Barnett formula.
What if I’m struggling but don’t qualify for this program?
If no Household Assistance Fund assistance is available to you in your area, there are other programs that can help.
People who receive welfare assistance can claim up to £1,000 cash and free vouchers for their food, furniture and utility costs.
You can also get your council tax bill cut or even wiped out If you are having trouble paying.
And if you’re having trouble paying your rent, you can sign up discretionary housing payment.
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