Millions of struggling Brits given cash grants worth £600 to help with costs

Brits could receive cash grants worth up to £600 to help with the cost of living crisis.

As part of the government's Household Support Fund, councils have been given millions in extra money.

The fund is there to help households who are struggling with their energy bills and other essentials.

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It was first established last year and extended again in the March budget to help those on the lowest income.

The voucher or grants on offer vary by location and you'll have to check to see how your council will pay you.

It's up to your local authority to set its own eligibility criteria for the free cash.

They will then decide how they're going to distribute the money to households.

Some councils hand out supermarket vouchers while others give out cash grants directly to people's bank accounts.

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is paying struggling households up to £600 to help with essential bills.

You'll need to be over 18 and live in the borough of Richmond to be eligible.

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Only those struggling with the impact of rising cost of food and energy bills can claim or be impacted by Covid, for example:

  • Reduced pay or lost job
  • Benefits issues
  • Struggling to afford food, energy costs and other essentials, including white goods
  • Extra costs as a result of Covid

As for Guildford Borough Council, they are paying struggling households up to £300.

Applicants must be over 16, live in Guildford and be without resources to meet their immediate short-term needs.

Meanwhile, Birmingham City Council will pay vulnerable households up to £200 which can be put towards essential energy bills.

To be eligible for the cash, you'll need to be of a state pension age, born on or before September 30, 1956.

And to apply, you must contact your local partner organisation, a list is available on the BSVC website.

They will complete an eligibility assessment and, once confirmed, will submit an application on your behalf.

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