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Thousands of struggling households can get up to £200 in free cash this winter

THOUSANDS of households struggling this winter could get extra help and it could be worth up to £200.

Local councils across the country have millions of pounds to provide for low-income families and individuals.

Support for struggling households is available through local councils

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Support for struggling households is available through local councilsCredit: Getty – Contributor

Each region is offering help from £500 million Household Support Fund in different ways.

£100 and £200 hardship payments will be given to those who need it in Birmingham.

An estimated 35,000 people are eligible for help, according to Birmingham council.

The amount of cash given to the regions depends on their size and needs. For example, Blackpool has £1.7 million and Windsor £500k.

Cash in Birmingham will be distributed through existing benefit schemes in the area.

Help will be available in all ten of the city’s counties to households who already have access to existing welfare assistance – and there is no age limit.

You can check what is being offered in your area by finding your local council using this tool and search your postcode.

Some areas are paying with cash and others supermarket coupons.

Eg, Herefordshire Council is giving a one-time payment of £60 to help families in the area and stay Manchester has a payout of £100.

Meanwhile the residents of West Northamptonshire can get help with their energy bills worth up to £120.

It is best to apply now rather than later as there is a deadline to receive assistance and some are closed.

Birmingham Council has not set an end date for support, but the fund is designed to cover support during the winter months through March.

If program information is not listed on your local government website, you can call or email for more information.

Amounts available, eligibility, and how you apply will vary from location to location.

Extra cash for disadvantaged households grows as millions of families face bill and cost of living.

Some Common Credit claimants are worse off after losing out on a temporary £20-a-week benefit boost.

Low-income people who are receiving Universal Credit can now earn more from work after income rates drop.

Last year, cash was awarded through Winter Covid support allowance in a similar way.

If you don’t qualify for the extra cash provided by your local government, you can still get help in other ways.

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Bobby Allyn

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