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Thousands of families can get a FREE £15 meal voucher for half a semester

Families with a CASH STRAP can claim free vouchers to help reduce incremental costs this half-term.

500 million pounds of government Household Support Fund created more money for low-income families.

Families in need can claim cash slips under the government's £500m scheme

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Families in need can claim cash slips under the government’s £500m scheme

Households that are having a hard time through the second half of February can request vouchers from their local authorities help.

It happens when the finances of thousands of families are hampered by cost of living crisis.

High and rising inflation has led to prices of important supermarket staples to fly up.

The government has spent £500 million on local councils across the country, which are tasked with distributing funds to their residents.

But the availability of the grant and how to apply for it depends on where you live.

Each council decides what assistance to provide and who can request it.

If you are not sure which is your local government, find out through the government website.

How much cash – and how to get it?

Peterborough City Council is handing out £15 per child supermarket vouchers to cover free school meals for the second half of February.

It is paid out after £30 per child during the Christmas holidays.

The following supermarkets accept food stamps in Peterborough:

However, only Asda, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose accept online vouchers.

The rest must be cashed in-store – via your phone or a printout via email.

All recipients of free school meals should have been contacted by the board by now – so if you haven’t already, Fill out this form.

Notice the email subject “SchoolMeals”.

The board said all previous recipients of the fund have been contacted about their follow-up payments.

When is the application deadline?

The deadline to apply for a Peterborough voucher is 31 March – the same program closing date as most councils in the UK.

However, it is best to apply sooner rather than later as help is only available until allotted funds are exhausted.

Keep in mind that some councils have earlier deadlines – for example: Households in Hertfordshire must apply by 28 February.

How does the Household Support Fund work?

British councils have been given an extra £421m by the Department for Work and Pensions to spend to help struggling households in their area.

Each board decides for itself how funds are divided and who qualifies in its area.

Some require you to sign up for help, while others will automatically pay eligible households.

In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, allocated governing bodies are responsible for distributing the allocated funds.

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 you don’t qualify for funding, 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 deleted If you are having trouble making payments.

And if you’re having trouble paying your rent, you can sign up discretionary housing payment.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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