Households that are staying this winter can get help to buy furniture or white goods.
The Sun has found a council offering up to £750 and we explain all the ways your family can get extra support.
Local councils, charities that help the poor and furniture are all available to help families on a tight budget. We explain how these programs work.
Charities can help
Research by End Furniture Poverty One in five people live in an area without local government support during the crisis.
They offer grants on items like washing machines or stoves if you can’t afford to buy or repair them, and the money doesn’t need to be repaid.
These grants help people avoid having to take out an emergency loan, which often involves going into debt and having to pay back more money due to interest.
Turn2Us is a good site to use to find support in your local area, and it sometimes gives you suggestions of charities to contact. You can also use level checker on their website to check your eligibility for support.
Other charities such as the Glasspool Trust can provide grants, but they cannot be directly applied. You will need a support worker registered with the trust to do the application for you.
Likewise, Buttle UK can provide essential living packages to families in need but applications must be made by support staff with the company.
For families who are raising seriously ill or disabled children, the charity Family Foundation can help with grants and this can be applied directly unlike some other grants.
Help from your host
If you live in social housing and have a low income or certain benefits, you should check to see if you are on a fully furnished tenancy.
If so, the homeowner will repair or replace an item that is not functioning properly.
Not every social landlord offers furnished rentals, but you should double-check your agreement.
Help from the household assistance program
The Household Support Scheme is running nationwide with £500 million to be spent.
The program is in its fourth month and will end on March 31. But some councils may run out of funding before this date, so it’s best to apply sooner rather than later.
Eg, Council of Rutland is giving its vulnerable residents £100 in cash, Greenwich’s Royal District are handing out £115 cash and vouchers, and Nottinghamshire County Council is offering a £30 voucher.
The grant is intended to act as a lifeline for those unable to cope with the costs during the winter.
Thousands of families are feeling effects of inflation This has driven up the cost of energy, fuel and clothing.
Moreover, for those short of cash, it can be difficult to pay for other life necessities such as furniture and white goods that need repair or replacement.
Haringey Council is one of a number of local governments offering up to £750 free cash back for white goods and furniture, but not all assemblies are like that.
Each local government has been given a different share of the bounty, and how they give the money is up to them.
To find your local government you can use local council checker tool.
Haringey Council has specified that it will provide cash through BACS payments or vouchers for essential bills or white goods and furniture.
Cash payment to help save families from this winter emergency.
The maximum cash amount for essential living expenses is £150, but residents can get up to £750 for white goods and furniture.
Funding is provided on a case-by-case basis, so this number may be less if the authority believes that a lower level is needed.
Haringey Council has also earmarked a portion of its funding to the Youth Foundation to support young people facing the increasingly acute challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Payments will be made in response to needed support but will not exceed £100 per person.
This money can be used to maximize talent in education or buy interview clothes to support job opportunities.
Who is eligible for this program?
Residents must live in the London Borough of Haringey, be over 16 years of age and be on qualifying allowance or be on low income.
To see the full eligibility requirements, you can check Haringey Council website.
As a guide, low income means income of less than £500 a week for a family or £350 a week for an individual.
Households deemed more vulnerable than others will be prioritized.
This may include people with disabilities, people with health problems, single parents, victims of domestic abuse or other at-risk individuals.
How to register
Haringey authorities have automatically contacted a number of households by mail that they believe may be eligible for funding this winter.
If you have not been contacted, you can still register through Haringey Foundation page on their website.
Applications may be made by the applicant or designee, carer, advocate or third party on their behalf.
Providing details about household income and savings is part of the application process, so be prepared to provide proof and information.
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