Thousands of Brits can receive money straight into their bank accounts this winter.
The help comes from local authorities through the Household Support Fund.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt revealed the scheme has been extended past April 2023 with a renewed £1billion fund.
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It was first introduced in 2021 and extended for a second time in the March Budget during the cost of living crisis.
Each council gets a different portion of funding depending on the size of population and need.
The vouchers or grants on offer vary by location so you'll have to check how your council will pay you.
Local authorities have autonomy on how they use the fund to reach the vulnerable in their communities.
Eligibility requirements vary depending on where you live, so check with your council.
Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for the cash help if you or a family member are in receipt of:
- Benefits-based free school meals
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Support, but not Universal Credit or any other income-based support
- Disability living allowance
Other households who are struggling to meet their living costs may be eligible, including:
- Households who are ineligible for other government support with the cost of living
- Unpaid carers
- Care leavers
- People with disabilities
- Families with children receiving low or middle-rate disability living allowance
- Students upon referral from their educational establishment
- Families with children
To apply for the help, some households will be notified, while others receive the cash automatically.
Brits could receive one-off payments of between £200 and £300.
Successful applicants will receive these direct payments early in the new year, following robust fraud checks.
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