Thousands of families can claim supermarket vouchers of up to £140 before Christmas

THOUSANDS of families struggling with cash can get up to £140 worth of supermarket vouchers before Christmas.

Households in need can apply for help with food, energy bills, clothing and more according to the government The £500 million Household Support Fund.

Struggling families can get free food stamps before Christmas


Struggling families can get free food stamps before ChristmasCredit: Getty

The scheme has been replaced Vivid local support subsidies where families can get up to £1,500 to pay for food, bills and more, a Sun investigation found.

It will also result in a £20 a week reduction in Common Credit payments, after the government cut this increase in October, while households fight against the cost of living crisis.

Funds were transferred to local councils in October for each authority to help those most in need.

The Sun has found that families can get cash, free vouchers and more to help them cash in during one of the most expensive times of the year.

For example, you can get food stamps to spend at supermarkets worth up to £140 for a family of four if you live in Leicestershire.

Families struggling to find food on the table can get food stamps worth £40 per adult, with £30 per child.

That means for a family of four you can get £140 worth of vouchers to spend at stores including Aldi, Tesco, Morrisons and Asda.

Households with more than one adult living in the area can get £40 each and those living alone can get £50.

To get help you will need to be referred to Leicestershire County Council by a support worker, school, charity, food bank or NHS specialist.

If you do not live in Leicestershire you will need to find out from your local council what support they are providing under the Household Support Fund.

To find your local council, visit gov.ukof the site and use its authoritative search engine.

Exactly what help is available will vary depending on who your local council is.

This is because each council will decide what – and how much – they will give to those in need.

However, The Sun discovered that some councils are offering vouchers of up to £120 towards energy bills.

That will be good news for eligible Britons, who are being hit by soaring bills as the energy crisis continues.

While others are offering £100 of free cash to families and up to £60 of vouchers for children’s clothing.

Each council will have its own application process for help – you should visit your local council’s website or call them for more information.

How else can I get help with bills?

If you don’t qualify for the Household Assistance Fund, there are still ways you can get help in time for Christmas.

People who are having a hard time paying their energy bills will want to see if they qualify warm house discount, giving you up to £140 on your bills.

There are also cold weather payments you can get to help cover heating costs as temperatures drop – you’ll get £25 for each seven-day period when the weather is below 0C.

There is also a welfare support scheme where you can apply for help from your local council.

A Sun investigation found that you can get support up to £1,000 to pay for food, furniture and bills.

But it is also a postcode lottery – some councils are providing more help than others, while some are not even planning.

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