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Thousands of families can get FREE cash up to £115 to help cover family bills this winter

THOUSANDS of families can get FREE cash up to £115 from their local council to help cover the cost of their bills over the next few months.

The additional push is to help families who may have to choose between heating and eating in the previous winter months – but three separate cash installments meant they didn’t have to make that decision.

Parents looking for hungry mouths are struggling, as the overall cost of living has exploded

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Parents looking for hungry mouths are struggling, as the overall cost of living has explodedCredit: Getty

Two payments will be made including a £50 payment per child at the end of January and a £50 payment at the end of March.

That’s for parents with preschool children who are struggling with grocery bills and more.

On top of that, the impending February midterm break means another £15 for each school-age child who would otherwise benefit from free school meals during the extended holiday a week.

They are being powered by Greenwich’s Royal District council as part of a Household Support Fund provided by the government.

The Plan 500 million pounds has been split between local councils in an effort to help those who are struggling financially during the harshest months of the year.

Heating costs alone have skyrocketed in recent months and they are expected to raise another £600 before not long too.

But parents looking for ways to feed hungry mouths are also having a hard time, because in general Cost of living also exploded.

To receive the £100 cash payment, you will need to be confirmed by early childhood centers and early childhood care providers in the area.

You will be contacted by text message or email from the council if this is the case, letting you know how you will receive your payment.

But if you fit the bill, as long as you don’t live in Greenwich county, fret not.

A series of other boards are providing similar support.

Each one gets funding back in October to help the most needy families.

Hillingdon Council has provided similar help to Greenwich as it has been handing out £15 vouchers per child, every week for a period of one month.

That means if you have two kids you could pay £120 in total to help with food costs – and you could also get £100 to help pay your energy bills.

This month and next month, Durham Council will also provide eligible families with £60 worth of food stamps.

In addition, residents of Richmond can receive up to huge £600 cash or supermarket vouchers to cover the cost of all necessities including food, energy and clothing.

If you want to find help for yourself you should ask your local council what help is available in your area and eligibility requirements – you can find out who you are through the gov.uk website.

But while each help group and criteria vary from region to region, they all have a limited amount of cash and can dry up if demand is high.

Some places also have earlier application deadlines, and in others the program has ended, so it’s a good idea to check what you can get sooner rather than later.

Martin Lewis warns energy bills will rise by £600 a year in April

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JACLYN DIAZ

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