Birmingham news More cash coming for families to help pay for food and energy bills PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Household Support Fund will be extended next year
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! An emergency fund which allows councils to give cash to residents most in need to help with the spiralling cost of living is to be expanded. The Household Support Fund (HSF) sees millions of pounds given to local authorities, which is then handed out to help families pay for food, energy and other essentials. Jeremy Hunt announced during last week's Autumn Statement that the HSF would be extended for a further 12 months as families continue to feel the impact of the cost of living crisis, at a cost of £1 billion to the Government. It means councils will have more cash to distribute from next spring through crisis funds. Who can get the cash depends on where you live, but it is those who are struggling to pay for essentials and basic bills and judged to be most in need. Some authorities will only pay out cash to people on benefits, whereas others let anyone apply and then judge on a case-by-case basis. READ MORE: Who will get £900, £300 and £150 cost of living payments announced by Jeremy Hunt Details of the current HSF eligibility are available here. That cash will be available until next March, or when it runs out before a new scheme starts at a later date.
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. Changes to the Energy Price Cap mean typical bills will rise by £500 a year to a whopping £3,000 from April, ramping up the pressure on households even further. Anyone who thinks they are eligible and in need of support is being urged to apply to their council. It comes as separate cost of living payments have also been announced for next year for the poorest households. More than eight million people on means-tested benefits will receive £900. Details of when the money will be paid and if it will be split in to separate chunks, as has been the case with many payments this year, have yet to be announced. Pensioners will also get £300, while people on certain disability payments are in line for £150. READ NEXT: Police chiefs urged to keep violent men behind bars after Solihull double murder failings Police and retailers urged to stamp out harmful laughing gas after shocking rise in hospital admissions Top celebrity Broadway village restaurant sold to new West Bromwich owner - what to expect Mum fraudulently used blue badge to park Mercedes in disabled bay while Christmas shopping Keith Goodearl, 54, locked up for 16 years after being found guilty of multiple child sexual offences spanning decades
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