Low-income families struggling to meet their needs could receive thousands of pounds of extra help this year.
Millions of people are being burdened with rising bills as people are not able to make their payments due to livelihood crisis.
Six million households are in debt to their energy supplier due to heavy electricity bills.
And prices are only set to go up – as Offgame’s boss predicted The bill could reach £2,800 in October.
families are set on Pay £271 more for their groceriesAt the same time, the drivers are being harassed by the rising fuel prices at the pumps.
If you’re struggling to spread your cash to cover costs, here’s additional help you can get at Profit.
£650 cost of living payment
eight million families The cost of living on the means-tested benefits will be £650.
The help was announced by the chancellor earlier this week as part of a bumper £15 billion package of energy bill support for struggling families.
The payout on instrument-tested benefits including Universal Credit, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Job Seekers Allowance and Income Support will go to all.
Department of Work and Pensions will pay in lump sum – The first £325 from July, the second £325 in autumn.
You must be on eligible benefits to receive the first payment or initiate a successful claim that is later by May 25, 2022.
£150 disability payment
Also announced £150 under Rishi’s livelihood crisis package, which will be given to Sixty lakh disabled people are getting the means-tested benefits.
This is to help them pay for any energy intensive equipment they may have, which could increase their bills.
Many disability benefit recipients also get means test benefits – so this £150 amount is different from the £650 payment you would get.
And like the £650 cash increase, the £150 aid will be tax exempt, will not count towards the benefit limit, and will have no effect on existing benefit rewards.
Universal Credit claimants have a five-week wait before their claim is accepted to actually receive the cash.
But if you don’t have enough to live through this period, you can ask for one. advanced payment To get some money immediately.
This means you can cover essential expenses like food and rent.
If you’re already on Universal Credit and your circumstances change, you can also receive an advance payment, which means you’re entitled to more money.
However, both types of advances have to be repaid in installments from your future payments.
To apply, you can speak to your JobCenter Plus Work Coach, apply through your online account, or call the Universal Credit Helpline on 0800 328 5644.
Budget Advance – £812
Can make another type of advance payment help you budgetAnd you can get up to £812.
The payment is to help with emergency household needs such as replacing broken white goods.
You can also use it for work-related costs, such as uniforms for a new job or traveling to an interview.
This is a loan so you will need to repay it through your Universal Credit payments in the future.
The minimum amount you can borrow is £100.
Single claimants can receive £348, couples can claim up to £464 and you can get a total of £812 if you have children.
Hot home discount – £140
Struggling families can get £140 off their energy bills through Hot home discount.
The scheme is closed but will open in the autumn and the exemption will have to be implemented end of March every year,
This means you have a little time to wait before getting help – but it’s good to enter the date in your diary ahead of time.
The way it is run is changing in the autumn with varying eligibility criteria and a £10 hike.
Families will receive £150 instead of £140 in the next batch of payments.
There are two categories of people who can get the exemption.
Some people are in a “core group” and are automatically eligible for assistance and do not need to apply.
This includes those who get the guaranteed credit element of pension credit,
But others have to claim for their supplier and the eligibility criteria differ depending on which firm you are with.
Previously, people who claimed disability living allowance or personal liberty payment could receive cash if it was included in their supplier’s criteria.
but Now they have to make another claim, means-tested, profit to qualify.
From October, there will be a second “core group” of people’s benefits, including housing benefits. Universal Credit.
Those households will take into account the level of energy costs they have before payment is made.
Check out your energy supplier’s announcements for more information on eligibility criteria and when applications will open later this year.
council tax exemption
Certain low-income households may be eligible for an exemption on their Council tax bill.
as one of the largest bills for homes and bad consequences if left behindFinding out if you can get a deficiency can help you.
In some cases you can reduce your bill to zero, with the average bill for a Band D household being £1,898, which can save a significant amount.
You will need to contact your local council to find out if you are eligible and apply – you can contact your local council Using the gov.uk toolSimply enter your postcode.
One An investigation by The Sun found that the councils raised £32,000. the price paid Trying to have a roof over their head for the toughest tenants out there over the past year.
But this is by far the largest amount and the average amount after asking around 30 councils is around £965.
Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) There is a little-known pot of money given by councils to meet the rent shortfall and help with deposits.
Financial aid available to recipients benefits For accommodation in England and Wales.
Each local authority gives DHP cash to those in need on a case-by-case basis, and the amount available may vary.
So you’ll have to talk to your council to see where you are.
You won’t need to repay cash and can get a lump sum, or ongoing payment.
domestic assistance fund
Another plan you can get through your local council is Domestic Assistance Fund.
The total amount invested in this pot of cash since the launch of the scheme is £1.5 billion in october last year,
The councils get a sliver of money to feed hard-to-find families in their catchment area.
reading council For example, giving energy vouchers worth £98 to pensioners, and £49 to help families cover similar costs.
Meanwhile, eligible residents of Norfolk can receive £120 in meal vouchers to cover meals for children, including Council’s latest hand-out,
it is the best check in with your local It’s right to find out what can be done for Grab as well as how you can apply.
energy bill grant
Energy suppliers offer cash grants to those most affected by the increase in bills.
For example British gas is giving Up to £750 through your Hardship Fund – And you don’t even need to be a customer.
But the amount may vary according to your supplier and your circumstances.
It’s not only Universal Credit claimants who can get help, but you may qualify if you’re on benefits and have a low income.
Ask your supplier what’s on offer and how to apply, or look here:
water bill support
There are many schemes you can apply for to reduce your water bills.
Low income families can apply for WarerSure scheme Save hundreds of pounds on their bill every year,
You may be eligible if you claim Universal Credit or a number of other benefits—and you can limit your bill.
The Water Consumers Council estimates that you will save an average of £270.
But depending on who your supplier is, you can save a lot – Yorkshire Water said its customers could save £534 a year.
To qualify you have to hit certain criteria you can Check here.
In addition to providing WaterSure plans to struggling families, suppliers also offer their own support schemes.
Many water companies provide assistance to customers who cannot pay their bills.
Exactly what help you can get and who is eligible will depend on who your supplier is.
But Yorkshire Water, for example, says customers can save an average of £212 with its Water Support plan.
Check with your supplier to find out how much you can get.
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